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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Sandra Ann Yi, DVM, PhD (University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine)
Description: This book attempts the difficult task of conveying the details of anatomy, histology, physiology, as well as the general application of this knowledge, to students in the animal sciences.
Purpose: According to the authors, the main purpose is to teach undergraduate students the concept that form and function in biological systems is intimately interwoven.
Audience: This book is designed to lay the foundation for undergraduate education in agricultural and biological sciences with the intent that this will help students be successful in their future studies.
Features: It sets out to describe the comparative anatomy, histology, and molecular physiology of all of the organ systems in domestic animals. There is special emphasis, based on the authors' areas of expertise, on the study of ruminant and avian anatomy and physiology. Illustrations are used effectively to demonstrate many of the complex physiological processes that are explained in quite some detail in the text. Tables are used in a manner that helps to more clearly define the material, such as in the descriptions of nerve receptors in the integument. The major shortcoming of the book occurs when the authors delve into great detail about the molecular basis of a physiological process in a conversational and speculative tone, as they do in the section on the streak canal and the possibility of there being substances present that are similar to human hBD-2 for the prevention of infectious mastitis in the cow. This is an interesting comparative discussion, but I was left with the question at the end of the section as to whether these substances have been found in lactating cows, or is this purely speculative?
Assessment: Overall this book contains a lot of stimulating information that students will find very useful.