Abused dog back to chasing squirrels, thanks to the good docs at Vet Med
When a badly burned stray dog was carried into the Atlanta Humane Society in May, her injuries were life-threatening. She had been beaten, doused with gasoline, and set on fire by a 17-year-old boy. The animal suffered burns over one-third of her body.
Veterinary professor Sheila Allen (left) and student Jennifer Harrington were part of a 55-person team that saved Honey's life after she was badly burned.
"It's amazing she was so trusting," says Katie Diehl, a member of the hospital team that worked around the clock to save Honey. "She's a trouper!" was heard many times during Honey's hospital stay, and "Cautiously optimistic" was the official prognosis while she remained in intensive care. Her condition was touch and go due to the risk of infection and dehydration.
Over a period of five weeks, more than 10 veterinarians, 20 veterinary students, and 25 members of the hospital nursing staff worked to pull Honey through. They anesthetized her daily for the hour-long process of removing burned, dead skin while cleaning and re-bandaging her wounds.
Too traumatized to eat properly, Honey was fed liquid nutrients through a tube in her stomach. In addition to antibiotics and pain medication, she received blood and plasma transfusions. Swaddled in bandages from head to tail, she gained enough strength to undergo skin graft surgery. Thin superficial layers of her healthy skin were placed on her open wounds. The surgery proved to be a resounding success, as virtually 100 percent of the grafts worked.
The day she chased two squirrels on the hospital grounds, Honey was ready to be returned to the Humane Society and adoption by a family chosen from hundreds who offered to give her a loving home.
At a press briefing held for Honey's discharge, with all eyes and cameras on her, Honey then did what she does bestshe looked endearing and wagged her tail.
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Ed Larson, who has a dual appointment at UGA in history and law, has been a busy man since winning the 1998 Pulitzer Prize in history for his book Summer for the Gods: The Scopes Trial and America's Continuing Debate Over Science and Religion.
His expertise has landed him on the "Today Show" and "PBS News Hour," as well as various BBC and NPR programs. He is the Fulbright Program's 2001 John Adams Chair for American Studies, and the 2000 winner of the American Association for the Advancement of Science's top prize. Larson's four books and more than 40 published articles are typically concerned with issues of science, medicine, and law from a historical perspective.
Larson took time out from his summer research schedule to discuss his latest book, Evolution's Workshop: God and Science in the Galapagos Islands, with GM's Alex Crevar.
Q: Why are you so focused on evolution?
Larson: Modern society is profoundly shaped by its scientific world viewit impacts who we think we are and how we act with one another. No biological theory has had a greater impact on modern society than the theory of evolution.
Q: What drew you to the Galapagos?
Larson: They may be the only place in the world famous primarily because of their connection with science. Yet no historian had ever chronicled the history of science on those islands.
Q: What is the crux of the book?
Larson: Evolution's Workshop examines the history of scientific exploration and research on the Galapagos as a means of understanding the cultural significance of the archipelago. In that sense, it is primarily a book about how people (especially scientists) have viewed the Galapagosand that tells us as much about those people as it does about the islands.
Q: What were your first reactions to the islands?
Larson: I was struck by the varied animals found there. Penguins, blue-footed boobies, gigantic land tortoises, five-foot iguanas, flamingos, and the like. None of them show any fear of people. Mockingbirds will land on your arm. You can swim with sea lions, penguins, giant sea turtles, and nine-foot hammerhead sharks. This Franciscan feeling of peace in the animal kingdom is unforgettable.
Q: What is the most surprising thing in the book?
Larson: Legend has it that Darwin "discovered" his theory of evolution while on the Galapagos. Actually, he became convinced that species evolved from other species later, as he tried to understand his collection of Galapagos birds. And even this did not lead him to his theory of natural selection as the driving force of evolution.
Q: What lessons do we learn from how the islands have been used?
Larson: The positive lesson is how much science we have learned from this place. And now we are learning ways to protect endangered species and control the adverse impact of humans on the environment. A negative lesson is that we learn from our mistakes, and we certainly have made some mistakes in over-exploiting the Galapagos through excessive fishing in the marine preserve and excess development on the land. Hundreds of scientists and about 100,000 tourists visit the islands each year. There is a permanent scientific research station in the Galapagos and more than 20,000 permanent residents. The place is no longer isolated.
Q: What do the islands represent?
Larson: The Galapagos were the largest temperate or tropical islands ever found by Europeans during their exploration of lands where people did not already live. Indeed, mammals did not live there. So reptiles and birds were free to develop without interferenceresulting in the many unique and unusual species.
Q: Does your research give you more or less hope?
Larson: My observations of intense tourist development on the islands increases my worries about the impact of such development in fragile environments for native species. I am sentimental about nature, and would hate to see those species lost as species have been lost elsewhere.