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From The CriticsReviewer: Christine Ann Merle, DVM, MBA,CVPM(University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine)
Description: The latest edition of a well used reference seen in most veterinary practices today has expanded its usefulness by adding timely new topics such as behavior and eased its use by organizing all topics alphabetically.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide the "busy veterinary practitioner and student of veterinary medicine with concise practical reviews of almost all the diseases and clinical problems in dogs and cats." The aptly named The 5-Minute Veterinary Consult meets its purpose. In this new edition, the most important and up-to-date information is quickly and easily obtained by the reader.
Audience: According to the author, this book is targeted to busy practitioners and veterinary students and it hits its target accurately. The author worked with more than 300 veterinary specialists to provide the most timely and expert advice from all over the world for this edition.
Features: This book covers almost every disease or condition that can be seen in dogs or cats all the while keeping its targeted audience in mind. The user friendly alphabetical listing along with the index, table of content listing by subject and topic is excellent. The appendixes are also extremely useful which is sure to make this a well-worn book on a practitioner's shelf. The only shortcoming (if you can call it that since this was clearly not the purpose of the book) is the lack of detail and pathophysiological specifics on each disease or condition. However, the editors recognize that readers may want more information and therefore include a list of suggested readings on each topic.
Assessment: This book deserves a place on every practitioner's shelf (and/or PDA or computer, since this new edition is available in these formats as well). The importance of keeping up with the rapidly changing developments in veterinary medicine make references like this indispensable to busy practitioners. The addition of behavior is a plus.