The short introductory review on the publisher’s website generally reflects what this book is about. The following brief commentary uses their description while including some additional observations.
Introduction to One Health: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Planetary Health offers a reasonably good introduction to the exponentially expanding field of One Health in a refreshing erudite fashion; a vision of the planet’s health today and potentially in future are surveyed. Indeed, the book employs the journalist writer’s guide of the who, what, where, when, why, and how of the One Health concept/approach as it pertains to its critical utilization in helping to expeditiously and efficaciously combat global public health and ecological issues within concise definition guidelines viz. “One Health is the collaborative efforts of multiple disciplines working locally, nationally, and globally to attain optimal health for people, animals, plants and our environment.”
Some of the One Health movement’s notable historical landmarks and leaders involved in collaborative transdisciplinary endeavors during the past decade and earlier are discussed with interviews highlighting interesting individual “One Health” perspectives. By my count, the interviewees include six veterinarians (including one of the co-authors), three physicians, and eighteen other knowledgeable professional health oriented field representatives (including two co-authors of this book).
The book’s authors [*Sharon L. Deem, DVM, PhD, DACZM http://www.drsharondeem.com/about, Kelly E. Lane-deGraaf, PhD https://www.fontbonne.edu/staff/dr-kelly-lane-degraaf/, Elizabeth A. Rayhel, PhD https://www.fontbonne.edu/staff/dr-elizabeth-rayhel/] express appreciation for past, present and future history of One Health endeavors as being interrelated. They recognize and introduce the broad-spectrum utilization of One Health principles for advancing global public health and conservation medicine as envisioned under the all inclusive One Health Umbrella graphic http://www.onehealthinitiative.com/OneHealth2, conceived, envisioned and developed by One Health Sweden https://www.slu.se/en/Collaborative-Centres-and-Projects/slu-future-animals-nature-and-health/networks-and-collaborations/one-health-sweden/about-ohs/ in collaboration with the One Health Initiative Autonomous pro bono Team in late 2013 and early 2014.
This book is a complementary addition to several other insightful, comprehensive One Health textbooks/journal articles available today, see: http://www.onehealthinitiative.com/animalHumans.php and https://www.onehealthcommission.org/en/resources__services/one_health_library/books/ . It is well worth reading and having available to students and faculty in schools of medicine, veterinary medicine and public health. Along with existing One Health literature, practicing veterinarians, physicians, other professional health scientists and researchers would do well to read this text.
Note - Dr. Deem’s Signature Block:
Sharon L. Deem, DVM, PhD, Dipl ACZM
Director, Institute for Conservation Medicine
Director, WildCare Institute Center for Chelonian Conservation
*Dr. Deem is a wildlife veterinarian, an epidemiologist, and the current director of the Institute for Conservation Medicine at the Saint Louis Zoo, St. Louis, Missouri (USA). Notably she gave an extraordinary TEDx talk in March 2018 as part of the “Think Well: HealthCare Out Loud” TEDx Gateway Event at the Sheldon in downtown, St. Louis. This short video is an overview of One Health, articulately sharing examples of how the health of all life is interconnected. See and listen to https://www.stlzoo.org/about/blog/2018/11/02/one-health-connecting-animal-human-and-environmental-health (scroll down for talk...).
Bruce Kaplan, DVM, Dipl. AVES (Hon.)
Contents Manager/Editor One Health Initiative Website, Co-Founder One Health Initiative team/website, Sarasota, Florida https://goo.gl/zbVw2t
One Health Initiative Autonomous pro bono Team:
Laura H. Kahn, MD, MPH, MPP ▪ Bruce Kaplan, DVM ▪ Thomas P. Monath, MD ▪ Lisa A. Conti, DVM, MPH ▪ Thomas M. Yuill, PhD ▪ Helena J. Chapman, MD, MPH, PhD ▪ Craig N. Carter, DVM, PhD