Saving Molly: A Research Veterinarian's Choices

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Algonquin Books, 1998 - Biography & Autobiography - 234 pages
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The puppy was dying when James Mahoney found her. Molly was not the first dying animal the research veterinarian had seen. But Molly's struggle sent him barreling over rough Jamaican mountains in a borrowed car, searching for the equipment he'd need to save her. More than a story about a dog, this is the story of a rescued man. He asks himself questions: How can he spend his days with chimpanzees locked behind bars and still say that he loves them? What do we owe them for their participation in AIDS research? Why is saving a single runt puppy important? In the tradition of James Herriot, Mahoney's story spans fifty years of living with animals and with the two-legged primates who study them. Written by the man Jane Goodall called "one of the most gentle and compassionate people I know," Saving Molly is an important addition to the debate on animal research and a heartfelt meditation on one man's life. With an introduction by Roger A. Caras, president of the ASPCA.

"He is concerned about the pain and the suffering of the animals. That's what makes Jim Mahoney different." --Alex Pacheco, founder of PETA

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SAVING MOLLY: A Research Veterinarian's Choices

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

The life story, and heartrending ruminations, of Mahoney, a good veterinarian operating in the suspect terrain of medical research on primates. Mahoney is the former acting director of LEMSIP, the ... Read full review


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On vacation in Jamaica, veterinarian Mahoney came upon a litter of newborn pups. Enchanted by a moribund runt, he determined to save her life. Working with supplies that he managed to cobble together ... Read full review

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About the author (1998)

James Mahoney, D.V.M., Ph.D., has been a veternarian for more than thirty years. A native of Ireland, he is a researcher specializing in the reproductive systems of primates. He lives in upstate New York with his wife and pets.

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