Abigail woods is a vet who has studied the history of foot and mouth disease and has concluded with many others that current policies of slaughtering healthy animals are founded on a victorian conception of veterinary health. Foot and mouth disease fmd is currently regarded as one of the worlds worst animal plagues but how did this label become attached to a curable disease that but how did this label become attached to a curable disease that. Foot and mouth disease fmd is currently regarded as one of the worlds worst animal plagues but how did this label become attached to a curable disease that poses little threat to human health. One of the best books on foot and mouth disease john vidal the guardian a delight to read matthew bayliss nature dr abigail woods has produced a book which should be on any countrymans reading list and compulsory for politicians scientists and civil servants. A manufactured plague turns the spotlight on this process of manufacture revealing a rich history beset by controversy in which party politics class relations veterinary ambitions agricultural practices the priorities of farming and the meat trade fears for national security and scientific progress all made fmd what it is today
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