Our Symphony with Animals by Aysha Akhtar audiobook

Our Symphony with Animals: On Health, Empathy, and Our Shared Destinies

By Aysha Akhtar, MD
Foreword by Carl Safina
Read by Deepti Gupta

Blackstone Publishing 9781643130705
11.46 Hours Unabridged
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A leader in the fields of animal ethics and neurology, Dr. Aysha Akhtar examines the rich human-animal connection and how interspecies empathy enriches our well-being. Deftly combining medicine, social history, and personal experience, Our Symphony with Animals is the first book by a physician to show how deeply the well-being of humans and animals are entwined. Interwoven throughout is Dr. Akhtar’s own story of being a young girl who was bullied in school and sexually abused by her uncle. Feeling abandoned by humanity, it was only when she met Sylvester, a dog who had also been abused, that she found strength for both of them. Against the backdrop of her inspiring story, Dr. Akhtar asks, what do we gain when we recognize our kinship with animals? She travels around the country to tell the stories of a varied cast of characters―including a former mobster, an industrial chicken farmer, a Marine veteran―and comes face to face with a serial killer. Through storytelling that is entertaining, profound, and touching, Dr. Akhtar reveals what happens when we both break and forge bonds with animals. She demonstrates how humans are neurologically designed to empathize with animals, and how violence against them goes against our nature. In equal measure, the love and friendship we give to other species biologically reverberates back to us. Humanity’s compassion for animals is the next step in our species’ moral evolution and a vital component of our own health. Our Symphony with Animals is the definitive account for why our relationships with animals matter.

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Summary

Summary

A leader in the fields of animal ethics and neurology, Dr. Aysha Akhtar examines the rich human-animal connection and how interspecies empathy enriches our well-being.

Deftly combining medicine, social history, and personal experience, Our Symphony with Animals is the first book by a physician to show how deeply the well-being of humans and animals are entwined.

Interwoven throughout is Dr. Akhtar’s own story of being a young girl who was bullied in school and sexually abused by her uncle. Feeling abandoned by humanity, it was only when she met Sylvester, a dog who had also been abused, that she found strength for both of them.

Against the backdrop of her inspiring story, Dr. Akhtar asks, what do we gain when we recognize our kinship with animals? She travels around the country to tell the stories of a varied cast of characters―including a former mobster, an industrial chicken farmer, a Marine veteran―and comes face to face with a serial killer.

Through storytelling that is entertaining, profound, and touching, Dr. Akhtar reveals what happens when we both break and forge bonds with animals. She demonstrates how humans are neurologically designed to empathize with animals, and how violence against them goes against our nature. In equal measure, the love and friendship we give to other species biologically reverberates back to us.

Humanity’s compassion for animals is the next step in our species’ moral evolution and a vital component of our own health. Our Symphony with Animals is the definitive account for why our relationships with animals matter.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“The scientific story of how humans are designed to bond with animals—and the cost, to us and to the rest of animate creation, of breaking that bond.” Sy Montgomery, New York Times bestselling author
“Takes us from one example to another of animals making our lives better. Being there for us without judgment regardless of the circumstances, animals have an immense healing power that science is only beginning to grasp.” Frans de Waal, New York Times bestselling author
“Akhtar…concludes from these firsthand interviews as well as from expert studies that human relationships with animals can sometimes truly mean the difference between life and death…A timely and necessary book that sheds light on how far animals will go to help us, and how much better we need to treat them in return. This deeply affecting book reveals just how important animals are to human health and happiness.” Shelf Awareness
“Akhtar’s book draws a sobering but hopeful picture of what has been done and what remains to be done to improve animals’ lives.” Publishers Weekly
“A heartfelt call for compassion for all living species.” Kirkus Reviews
“Themes of vulnerability, injustice, redemption, and love are woven into a moving narrative that drew me in and kept me hungrily turning the pages.” Jonathan Balcombe, author of Second Nature

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Author

Author Bio: Aysha Akhtar MD

Author Bio: Aysha Akhtar MD

Aysha Akhtar, MD, MPH, is double board-certified in both neurology and preventive medicine and is the deputy director of the Army’s Traumatic Brain Injury Program. Previously, she worked for the Office of Counterterrorism and Emerging Threats of the Food and Drug Administration. She is a lieutenant commander in the US Public Health Service, is a fellow of the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics, and is a consultant editor for the Journal of Animal Ethics.

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Details

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Animals
Runtime: 11.46
Audience: Adult
Language: English