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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Maureen McMichael, DVM, DACVECC (University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine)
Description: This book concisely describes an exhaustive list of laboratory tests and diagnostic procedures for dogs and cats.
Purpose: The purpose is to "provide busy veterinary practitioners and students with a complete and quick reference to diagnostic procedures and laboratory tests that are used daily."
Audience: Veterinary practitioners and students are the intended audience.
Features: In addition to the standard tests/procedures, the book covers radiography, ultrasound, MRI, echocardiography, transsplenic portal scintigraphy, semen collection, blood gases, D-dimers, and osmolality. The essentials of a particular diagnostic or laboratory test are condensed into 1-2 short pages in most cases. The information is pertinent, concise, and thorough.
Assessment: The authors state their goal was to create a comprehensive book that gathers all of the laboratory and diagnostic procedures in one place. There are clinical pathology books, diagnostic imaging books, and diagnostic procedure books, but this is the first of its kind. A brief review of topics includes general principles for performing fecal tests, angiography, brain ultrasonography, and cardiac catheterization. The cardiac catheterization chapter includes waveforms and critical values and is a fantastic example of the balance achieved by the authors — the topics are both concise and thorough. Each topic is presented in a standardized format that is easy to scan, making this a valuable book for practitioners, veterinary students, and residents in training.