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Sick as a Parrot

Valerie Curtis and Alison Jolly: Animal self-medication

10 July 2003
Wild Health: How Animals Keep Themselves Well and What We Can Learn from Them 
by Cindy Engel.
Weidenfeld, 276 pp., £20, January 2003, 0 297 64684 2
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... leaf pith contains at least ten different compounds active against parasites. Huffman and Seifu’s account of Chausiki’s cure was one of the first scientific reports of animal self-medication. CindyEngel tells the story well in Wild Health, a wonderful collection of tales about the ways in which animals prevent and cure ill-health. A general in Han Dynasty China noticed that sick horses gained ...

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