Seeing the Forest for the Trees: How “One Health” Connects Humans, Animals, and Ecosystems   Wendee Nicole, MS, Wildlife Ecology Freelance Writer * Photographer * Bohemian Web: Adventures Blog: Writing Green ~ online class   Published in Environmental Health Perspectives • volume 122 | number 5 | May 2014   … “The History of One Health The connection between animal and human health was recognized even in ancient times; later, nineteenth-century physician Rudolf Virchow coined the term “zoonosis,” writing that “between animal and human medicine there are no dividing lines—nor should there be.” In the late twentieth century epidemiologist Calvin Schwabe first proposed the idea of “One Medicine” encompassing both human and animal health. But medicine has since lost sight of the forest for the trees, now even to the point of focusing on individual leaves, says *Laura Kahn, a physician and research scholar at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. “A schism has been developing in medicine for decades,” Kahn says: Should it focus strictly on individual care or more broad-based population-level health? Shortly after the anthrax attacks following 9/11, Kahn was reading the veter­inary medicine literature and found herself struck by how many diseases of bioterrorism are—like anthrax—zoonotic. “Yet I discovered that [people working in] veterinary and human medicine and agriculture rarely talk to one another,” she says. “We’re trying to deal with new twenty-first-century challenges using outdated twentieth-century paradigms.” …   Please read entire article or or click on attachment.   Provided to One Health Initiative website by:   Susan M. Booker News Editor, Environmental Health Perspectives National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences 919-541-1587        *Dr. Kahn is a founding member of the One Health Initiative Autonomous pro bono Team: Laura H. Kahn, MD, MPH, MPP ▪ Bruce Kaplan, DVM ▪ Thomas P. Monath, MD ▪ Jack Woodall, PhD ▪ Lisa A. Conti, DVM, MPH