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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Maureen McMichael, DVM, DACVECC (University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine)
Description: This atlas provides detailed radiographic images of the myriad of variations that make up the normal anatomy of the dog and cat.
Purpose: The purpose of this atlas is to provide a "reference source for practicing veterinarians and students to assist them in the daunting task of interpreting clinical radiographs competently." The atlas meets these objectives nicely.
Audience: It is intended for practicing veterinarians and students.
Features: The book covers, in great detail (images), the normal radiographic anatomy of the skull, spine, limbs, thorax, and abdomen. Each segment is broken down further; for example, the abdomen is divided into liver, spleen, pancreas, kidneys, ureters, urinary bladder, prostate gland, urethra, stomach, small intestine, large intestine, and miscellaneous (uterus, adrenal glands, mesenteric lymph nodes, etc.) The book is unique in its focus on normal variants, which will be very helpful to those looking to augment their interpretation skills.
Assessment: This is an excellent addition to the veterinary literature and should have a place in every veterinary clinic. It brings new light to the wide range of variation in normal anatomy and can help practitioners avoid misinterpretation of radiographic images. There is great attention to detail and the images are very large and extremely well illustrated, making it a pleasure to read.