Surgeon John Shortt on Native Cattle Breeds of Southern India in 1889

Ramya Raman, Chitra Narayanasamy, Anantanarayanan Raman

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John Shortt (1822'1889) of the Madras Medical Service also practiced as a veterinarysurgeon in Madras, India after qualifying as a Member of the Royal College of VeterinarySurgeons of England. Based on his veterinary practice in Madras Presidency, he wrotean invaluable book 'A Manual of Indian Cattle and Sheep ' Their Breeds, Managementand Diseases', the third and last edition of which was published in Madras, soon after hisdeath in Yercaud (Salem). Besides talking of the etiology and management of cattle andsheep diseases, Shortt also extensively talks of the phenotypic variations among cattle andsheep in southern India in particular. This article validates Shortt's notes and the historicalsignifi cance of this monumental work by referring to the biological diversity of southernIndian cattle in the light of modern cattle research.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)93-105
Number of pages13
JournalAsian Agri-History
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2016

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