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Ecosystem Sustainability and Health: A Practical Approach

An engrossing account of a new science for sustainability
Provides a multidisciplinary approach for solutions to complex problems
Aimed at practitioners concerned to improve human, animal and ecosystem health

By: David Waltner-Toews (Author)

180 pages, illustrations, tables

Cambridge University Press

Paperback | Jun 2004 | #142130 | ISBN: 0521531853
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Hardback | Jun 2004 | #142129 | ISBN: 0521824788
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About this book

Improving the health of people and animals, and improving the health, integrity or sustainability of ecosystems are laudable and important objectives. Can we do both? There are no ecosystems untouched by human activity, and there are worrying signs that the world's ecosystems are reaching the limits of their ability to adapt to human impacts. Drawing on fields as diverse as epidemiology and participatory action research, philosophy and environmental sciences, ecology and systems sciences, Ecosystem Sustainability and Health is about searching for solutions to complex problems to produce a new science for sustainability.

"[...] it is timely that David Waltner-Toews has written a concise book that effectively sets out a practical approach" to guide veterinarians and others who head into this new territory. It is rich in conceptual content. The author is superbly prepared for this undertaking [...] Veterinarians with special interests in wildlife disease, toxicology, epidemiology, population medicine, and public policy will find this book useful in placing their expertise in the wider context of ecosystem health. More generally, educators and leaders of the profesion should find the book helpful in making the profession more responsive to societal needs."
– N. Ole Nielsen DVM, PhD, University of Guelph



1. Presenting complaint
2. The clinical examination: asking questions, getting data
3. Making a diagnosis: synthesising information from data
4. Setting goals: where do we want to go?
5. Achieving goals: managing and monitoring
6. Responding to change: AMESH and the never ending story

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David Waltner-Toews is in the Department of Population Medicine at the University of Guelph in Canada.

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