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From Elephants to Mice: Animals Who Have Touched My Soul

Biography / Memoir

By: James Mahoney

John Wiley & Sons

Hardback | Apr 2010 | #186016 | ISBN-13: 9780470501580
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This is a heartfelt narrative on the many ways animals touch our lives. From wild Asian elephants to chimpanzees in a research laboratory to 'lowly' field mice, this beautifully written narrative tells the stories of all kinds of animals and the many profound ways they have touched the life of longtime veterinarian James Mahoney. "From Elephants to Mice" is a collection of stories about the animals Dr. Mahoney has treated throughout his career as a veterinarian and observed throughout his life as an animal lover. He thoughtfully explores such issues as whether animals experience the same types of emotions as humans do, whether it is right to use animals in medical research, and whether animals might have a sense of humor. Each stand-alone story introduces a unique character or cast of characters who are sure to touch the heart.

The book is not just a sentimental memoir, but raises thought-provoking ideas and profound ethical issues relating to the interactions between animals and people. Stories show animals in many relatable situations, such as struggling to maintain their dignity, expressing love for one another, and striving to remain free against the odds. Whether you're a dedicated animal activist or just a compassionate animal lover, "From Elephants to Mice" will leave you affected. This revolutionary book gives voice to the animals who touch our hearts and souls.


Acknowledgements. Introduction: A Life in Research. 1. The Power of Dignity and Courage. 2. A Life in Captivity. 3. Survival of the Fittest. 4. Humor in Animals. 5. Personality in Animals. 6. A Story of Love. 7. The Caribbean Trio. 8. The Gang of Four. 9. Three Wild Mice. 10. Great Escapes. 11. The Last of the Sparrows. Epilogue. With Gratitude. Suggestions for Further Reading. Index.

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DR. JAMES MAHONEY, a veterinarian for almost forty-five years, has traveled the world to treat all kinds of animals and has grown to understand and appreciate the individuality of all creatures. A retired research professor at the New York University School of Medicine, he has spent the majority of his career working with chimpanzees and other primates in biomedical research, struggling to come to terms with his belief in animals' rights and the inextricable needs of humankind. He is the author of Saving Molly: A Research Veterinarian's Choices.

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