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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Sheila M. McCullough, DVM, MS, ACVIM (University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine)
Description: This is the second edition of a comprehensive, 16-chapter review of the latest advances in small animal neurology. The contributors from all over Europe and the United States have come together to produce an advanced text for the practitioner and student.
Purpose: The purpose is to review previously known neurological diseases and update the reader on the latest advances in diagnostic testing, treatment, and prognosis. In addition, the reader is given well-organized charts for assessment and treatment of neurological presentations commonly seen in practice. This second edition is much improved and nicely timed with the new advances in pharmacology and diagnostic testing now available to the practitioner.
Audience: This book should be directed to the practitioner and student who will be presented with common neurological diseases in practice. Neurology can be a difficult science to master for anyone, and this book helps the reader to correctly assess the patient.
Features: There are a few key features in this text that I am pleased to see. The diagrams are well illustrated, and the algorithms help guide the reader through the initial diagnostic dilemma and testing. The appendix on breed-related disorders is well organized and helpful. The last two chapters concerning special neurological diseases in the cat and exotic pets are also helpful. I am also pleased to see a specific set of references at the end of each chapter to aid the reader.
Assessment: I think this edition is needed at this time. Any manual to help the practitioner and student in basic assessment of neurological disease is of great use. I would like to see a section on cerebral edema and the current pharmacology to treat oxygen radicals in brain tissue. There are a lot of drugs with some promise but no controlled clinical studies that target one drug over another. I think this text should be distributed and made available to students and practitioners.