By James Herriot

The sequel to All Creatures nice and Small maintains the adventures of veterinarian James Herriot in a small city in Yorkshire, England
After his first day at the activity, James Herriot’s mentor warns him that the lifetime of a rustic veterinarian is filled with small triumphs and large mess ups, yet that he’d by no means be bored. From evening visits to drafty barns in the course of freezing northern England winters, to the gorgeous power of rural lifestyles in the summer, to the colourful menagerie of animals—and their owners—that go through his workplace, Herriot reports new demanding situations and joys on a daily basis. In those pages, Herriot trains lower than his eccentric boss Siegfried Farnon in a country English village, courts the girl that turns into his spouse, and meets the folk he might come to jot down approximately for a lifetime.

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Since complex organisms are composed of aggregates of cells, evolutionary pressures favored the development of means by which activities in the aggregate could be coordinated—thus the emergence of the nervous system, which developed the ability to “convey the effects of stimuli” from the outside to “distant parts” of the organism. ” In addition, Schäfer spoke of two closely related topics that had recently attracted attention among both professionals and members of the public: the maintenance of living cells after the death of the host organism and the pros- The Biological Self 19 pect of extending the “natural” lifespan of human beings.

We today know that ordinary people in 1921 had a solid foundation for the belief that they themselves stood a good chance of living to a substantially more advanced age than their parents and grandparents, and for the belief that their children were much more likely than children of previous generations to survive to adulthood. But what were the sources of these beliefs in that era? There appear to be three principal sources. One is vital statistics produced in the era we’re discussing. The second is the public health campaign, which I’ll describe in the next chapter.

Empirical evidence showed that constructing sewers (carefully, of course, so as to prevent the release of miasmas) and purifying drinking water significantly reduced the incidence of certain infectious diseases. It was thought, by extension, that cleanliness, generally speaking, would further contribute to the prevention of disease. And so, in a public education campaign that successfully combined what passed for science with an old-fashioned moral/religious attitude toward cleanliness and disease, sanitary authorities persuaded the public to focus on the environment, both municipal and domestic.

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