Animals, Disease and Human Society: Human-animal Relations by Joanna Swabe

Animals, Disease and Human Society: Human-animal Relations by Joanna Swabe

By Joanna Swabe

Joanna Swabe's well timed paintings seems to be at human-animal family from antiquity to BSE and cloning, contending that veterinary wisdom and perform has performed an important position in human heritage.

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As Goudsblom (1989b) Animals, disease and human society 32 suggests, priests were largely responsible for mediating farming activities. g. seasonal change, floods, drought, parasites—which they purported to possess accorded them a certain degree of power and veneration. Consequently they became both responsible for and relied on to direct and determine when, for instance, seeds should be sown, crops harvested and how animals should be slaughtered (Goudsblom 1989b:71–2). However, as agriculture became an entrenched and productive way of life, the role of priests in this respect most likely diminished as farmers themselves learned to manage their own activities and transmitted this knowledge to their kin.

Consequently, many infections, particularly those that are transmitted by droplets, could not spread between human groups easily. Likewise, given this lifestyle, infection would not have been readily acquired from contact with faeces or other waste. Faeces and other refuse would have been dispersed over a wide area, rather than concentrated in one particular or fixed area. If humans were afflicted by infection, the whole group probably suffered and, in the worst scenario, might even have been wiped out entirely.

Humans, and our hominid ancestors, lived in relatively small groups, moving around nomadically in search of food. Consequently, many infections, particularly those that are transmitted by droplets, could not spread between human groups easily. Likewise, given this lifestyle, infection would not have been readily acquired from contact with faeces or other waste. Faeces and other refuse would have been dispersed over a wide area, rather than concentrated in one particular or fixed area. If humans were afflicted by infection, the whole group probably suffered and, in the worst scenario, might even have been wiped out entirely.

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