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The story of rats : their impact on us, and our impact on them
Barnett, S. A. (Samuel Anthony), 1915-
Publication Information:
Crows Nest, NSW, Australia : Allen & Unwin, 2001.
Physical Description:
xiii, 202 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
Reading Level:
1060 Lexile.
Format :


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QL737.R666 B38 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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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.

Author Notes

S. Anthony Barnett is internationally known for his research on stress and exploratory behavior, as well as for his insistence on logical and scientific vigor in biological debate.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Table of Contents

Illustrationsp. x
Prefacep. xii
Part I Historiesp. 1
1 Tales of Ratsp. 3
2 Naming and Tamingp. 14
3 All Fall Downp. 24
Part II Questions and Answersp. 51
4 A Battle of Wits?p. 53
5 Do Rats Think?p. 64
6 Are Rats Gluttons?p. 91
7 All in Their Genes?p. 115
8 Rat Societiesp. 128
Part III The Blindness of Researchp. 147
9 Population Explosionsp. 149
10 Social Life and Deathp. 164
11 Nature and Human Naturep. 173
Glossaryp. 177
Notes on Sourcesp. 186
Referencep. 188
Indexp. 196