Man's best friendBMJ 1997; 314 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.314.7098.1914 (Published 28 June 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:1914
- Trisha Greenhalgh, general practitioner
A few years ago I wrote an article for the lay public on the medical pros and cons of owning a pet. I made sure that I extolled the many benefits of animal contact (offering such gems of scientific information as the fact that a tank of tropical fish in the dentist's waiting room lowers the dose of analgesic required for tooth extraction) before giving a somewhat melodramatic account of the role of animal danders in atopic illness and describing a dozen or so obscure zoonoses, the names of which I had not encountered since medical school.
The article …