Review of medical literature of great apes in the 1980s

Donald L. Janssen, R. Mitchell Bush

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The medical problems of great apes including gorillas (Gorilla gorilla), orangutans (Pongo pymaeus), and chimpanzees (Pan sp.) published during the last decade are reviewed. Anesthetic techniques, diseases or organ systems, neoplasia, infectious diseases, and reproductive problems are reviewed. Gonadal tumors and atherosclerosis in great apes appear frequently in the literature. Diseases with suspected viral etiology include papillomas in chimpanzees, retrovirus‐associated lymphomas in gorillas, and various herpesvirus disease. Technology developed for human medicine has expanded the diagnostic opportunities for clinicians working with great apes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)123-134
Number of pages12
JournalZoo Biology
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1990
Externally publishedYes


  • chimpanzee
  • diseases
  • Gorilla gorilla
  • orangutan
  • Pan sp.
  • Pongo pygmaeus
  • veterinary medicine

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Animal Science and Zoology


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