One Health—the interdisciplinary approach that considers the fundamental connections between human, animal, and ecosystem health—is critical for the future control of infectious diseases.
One Health is a global strategy that represents a paradigm shift in how we must respond to the threat of infectious diseases. Rather than identifying and treating infections in isolation, One Health focuses on a collaborative, holistic surveillance of the environment, animals, and humans to predict an outbreak of disease before it happens. This approach accelerates biomedical advances by integrating environmental, veterinary, and human medical science in understanding the development and transmission of infectious diseases.
In One Health: People, Animals, and the Environment, editors Ronald M. Atlas and Stanley Maloy have compiled 20 chapters written by interdisciplinary experts that present core concepts, compelling evidence, successful applications, and the remaining challenges of One Health approaches to thwarting the threat of emerging infectious disease.
"The book is persuasive in its argument that recognizing interdependence between human health, animal health, and environmental health is critical. There are many reasons for this, not the least of which are connected to increased air travel (global village concept), climate change and ecological disturbance, and the role of novel emerging diseases. While no easy task, I believe the editors have nailed it, presenting a book as a blueprint for understanding our way forward."
-- J. Thomas Pierce, MBBS PhD (Navy Environmental Health Center) Doody's Review
The editors describe the audience as encompassing physicians, veterinarians, environmental scientists, microbiologists, public health workers, and policy makers, and others who want to understand the interdependence of human, animal and ecosystem health issues. Review of author affiliations reveals a broad spectrum of types of affiliations, including basic science and clinical departments, research institutes, government agencies at every level and across the globe; these affiliations are somewhat a reflection of the readership.