One Medicine

I picked this up on a whim at Hay literature festival. Only short, so it can be read in a day or so. The premise is an interesting one – the idea that human and animal medicine have a huge overlap and adaptations animals have made to the world around them have a huge application in human medicine. 

The first half of the book seemed to stray a little from the core premise of the book to me and at times it was a little self indulgent, dare I say a bit melodramatic. But there is almost a palpable shift half way through (almost from dusk till dawnesque) in which the book really begins to delve into interesting medical trivia and genuinely intriguing information concerning the overlaps in animal and human physiology. When it does return to the more personal storytelling at the end, the melodrama is gone and the closing thoughts are genuinely quite moving.

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