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The Story of Rats

Their Impact on Us, and Our Impact on Them

S. Anthony Barnett


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More than the story of how people and rats live together, this book takes a serious and intriguing look at science and scientists, the problems they solve and fail to solve, and the scope and imperfections of our scientific knowledge of the world. It answers questions such as: Are rats still a threat to human health? Do rats think? Is it true that wild rats sometimes die, unwounded, from social stress? Can studies of rat societies tell us anything useful about our own social lives? This compelling historical and social study will capture the interest of all readers—from those fascinated by rats to those who cringe—by explaining the delicate and sometimes volatile impacts humans and rats have had on each other over the centuries and into the modern age.

Praise For The Story of Rats: Their Impact on Us, and Our Impact on Them

"Everything you wanted to know about Rattus norvegicus and its kin but were too afraid to ask." —Kirkus Reviews

"Full of interesting information." —AFRMA

Allen & Unwin, 9781865085197, 216pp.

Publication Date: April 1, 2002

About the Author

S. Anthony Barnett worked as an adviser to the Indian government on controlling rats before becoming a professor of biology. He is the author of Science, Myth or Magic? and The Science of Life.