David Waltner-Toews
Veterinary epidemiologist, Ontario, Canada

David Waltner-Toews is a Canadian veterinary epidemiologist. Specializing in approaches to integrating the health of humans, other animals, and ecosystems. He has published over 100 peer-reviewed papers and several internationally recognied textbooks, as well as, fiction, poetry and science. These books include Food, Sex and Salmonella (2008), The Origin of Feces (2013), Eat the Beetles! (2017) and On Pandemics (2020). He lives in Ontario.

Written by David Waltner-Toews

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Essay/
Illness and disease
The wisdom of pandemics

Viruses are active agents, existing within rich lifeworlds. A safe future depends on understanding this evolutionary story

David Waltner-Toews