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    Distributor: Jaguar Book Group Availability: Available Expected Ship Date: Sep 10, 2015 On Sale Date: Oct 01, 2015 Carton Quantity: 30 $19.95 CAD
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The Vital Role of Dogs in the Search for Cancer Cures
By (author): Arlene Weintraub
Arlene Weintraub


ECW Press - Toronto



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Paperback , Trade


General Trade
Oct 01, 2015
$19.95 CAD


8.25in x 5.25 in | 0.84 lb

Page Count:

240 pages
ECW Press
MEDICAL / Diseases
Diseases and disorders|Oncology|Veterinary medicine|Coping with illness and specific health conditions
IPPY 2016, Winner 2016 Writing Competition 2016, Short-listed
  • Short Description
This accessible book explores the role dogs play in the on-going search for a cancer cure through comparative oncology research.

“Honest reporting . . . [A] useful and credible book.” — Bloomberg Businessweek

“This book is science, emotion, and love of dogs all mixed together.” — Chicago Tribune

How man’s best friend could help cure man’s greatest scourge

Drawn from extensive research, on-the-ground reporting, and personal experience, this book explores the fascinating role dogs (and cats) are playing in the search for cures for cancer. Learn how veterinarians and oncologists are working together to discover new treatments — cutting-edge therapies designed to help both animals and people suffering from cancer. Heal introduces readers to the field of comparative oncology by describing several research projects aimed at finding new therapies for cancers that are similar in dogs and people, including lymphoma, osteosarcoma, breast cancer, melanoma, and gastric cancer.

Weintraub, who lost her sister to gastric cancer, also writes about the emerging science behind the remarkable ability of dogs to sniff out early stage cancer and the efforts underway to translate that talent into diagnostic devices for early detection of the disease.

In the course of bringing these dogs and their human companions to life, Arlene Weintraub takes her own personal journey from grief to healing, as she shows how man’s best friend might be the key to unlocking the mysteries of cancer.

Sales and Market Bullets

  • 1 in 3 people, 1 in 4 dogs, and 1 in 5 cats will develop cancer in their lifetimes. Weintraub explores the extraordinary link between human and animal health with unique research and insights from doctors, vets, pet owners, and cancer patients — exposing hope for the future of cancer research.

  • Accessible to the everyday reader with a practical, easy-to-understand writing style; will appeal to people who enjoy reading about dogs as well as those who have been affected by cancer.

  • From a scientific perspective, the book hits on two popular trends: 1) the growth of “translational research,” an ongoing effort to speed discoveries made in the lab into clinical practice; and 2) “One Health,” the idea that advances made towards improving the medical care of one species should be explored for potential use across all species.

  • Weintraub gathers research and first-person interviews from U.S. vet schools including California (Davis), Ohio State, Texas A&M, Colorado State, Tufts, Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and the University of Pennsylvania (also Weintraub’s alma mater).

  • Will appeal to readers of the bestseller Zoobiquity (2013), and more personal stories about cancer patients and their dogs, such as The Dog Lived and So Will I (2012).

Arlene Weintraub has written about science and health for the New York Times, More, New Scientist, and other publications. She was previously a science writer at BusinessWeek and is the author of Selling the Fountain of Youth: How the Anti-Aging Industry Made a Disease Out of Getting Old—and Made Billions. She lives in the New York City area.

“Beautifully written and superbly researched, Heal makes a compelling case for increased collaboration between the human and veterinary medical fields. Engaging and emotional, Heal is an important book for scientists, animal lovers and anyone interested in the vulnerabilities we humans share with animals.” — Barbara Natterson-Horowitz, MD and Kathryn Bowers, co-authors of Zoobiquity

Heal is a fantastic read for anyone that loves dogs (and cats) and has wondered what role animals should play in cancer research. Heal chronicles translational research in a way that is informative, understandable and heartwarming, making us cheer for cancer patients and the veterinarians that care for them. An Emperor of All Maladies for dog lovers, this book distills the science of cancer research down to the compassion and love for animals that drive us to find better cancer treatments for animals and their humans. Heal explores our symbiotic relationship with the pets that we share our homes, our beds, our cancers and, hopefully, our cures with.” — Dr. Sarah Boston, Veterinary Surgical Oncologist and Bestselling Author of Lucky Dog: How Being a Veterinarian Saved my Life

“Anyone interested in translational science, innovative developments in cancer research, or treating pets with cancer will find this book a valuable resource … Readers will share Weintraub’s growing appreciation for the canine and feline subjects (and their owners) who are helping to advance cancer research.” — Publishers Weekly

“Honest reporting … [A] useful and credible book.” — Bloomberg Businessweek

“The author did a wonderful job researching the topics and presenting them in such a way that even the most difficult medical terminology could be understood by the common lay person. If you love dogs and want to learn how our faithful companions are helping us extend our lives, this is definitely a book to look into. I highly recommend it!” — Night Owl Reviews

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