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The animal kingdom bites back

BMJ 1994; 309 doi: (Published 24 December 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;309:1676
  1. Paul Garner,
  2. Mary E Gibson,
  3. Carole Wilson
  1. Paul Garner Senior lecturer International Health Division, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine Liverpool L3 5QA
  2. Mary E Gibson Assistant librarian and bibliographer Library, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London WC1E 7HT
  3. Carole Wilson Student Department of Psychology, University of Liverpool, Liverpool L69 3BX

    Nature is still red in tooth and claw

    Dog bites have long been a favourite of medical authors1 2; now it looks as though other animals want a piece of the action. In a world of information overload they have discovered that the most efficient way to attract the attention of humans is to bite them. Human indignation will do the rest—as shown by this week's articles on rat, squirrel, crocodile, prawn, tick, and flea bites.

    Early man and woman could not afford our nonchalance to animals and had constantly to guard themselves against predators that might bite them and hence cause their death. More recently, explorers recognised …

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