An Interview with Dr. Aysha Akhtar, author of “Our Symphony with Animals.”
“Deftly combining medicine, social history and personal experience, Our Symphony with Animals is the first book by a physician to show how deeply the well-being of humans and animals are entwined. Interwoven throughout is Dr. Akhtar’s own story of being a young girl who was bullied in school and sexually abused by her uncle. Feeling abandoned by humanity, it was only when she met Sylvester, a dog who had also been abused, that she found strength for both of them.”
A few months ago, I was asked to write an endorsement for neurologist and animal ethicist Dr. Aysha Akhtar’s forthcoming book called Our Symphony with Animals: On Health, Empathy, and Our Shared Destinies. I was extremely busy and almost said, “No, I just don’t have the time.”
I’m glad I began reading through it and realized as the afternoon turned to evening that I’d been reading for a few hours without moving off my couch. I then said, “Sure I can,” and my endorsement read:
“In her deeply personal and highly readable book, full of stories that surely will move readers all over the place, Dr. Aysha Akhtar seamlessly weaves humorous and touching moments along with the latest research on animal-human relationships. She shows why the development of close relationships with other animals that are filled with trust, respect, compassion, empathy, and love are mutually beneficial and a win-win for all. Highly recommended for a global audience.”
Now that Dr. Akhtar’s book has been published, I’m thrilled that she could take the time to answer a few questions about her landmark work…
To read the full interview – please click here.