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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Stanley I. Rubin, DVM, MS (University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine)
Description: This is an up-to-date, authoritative guide to gastroenterology in the dog and cat. It is well organized, beginning with basic biology and ending with a comprehensive approach to diseases of the gastrointestinal tract spanning the digestive system from the oral cavity to the anorectum.
Purpose: The purpose, as articulated in the preface, is to provide a comprehensive reference standard for the discipline of small animal gastroenterology. This is a worthy objective as there have been very few new books of this quality published in this discipline.
Audience: This is an excellent addition to the library of veterinary students, house officers, small animal practitioners, and veterinary specialists. Others, including veterinary pathologists, educators, and researchers in the biomedical sciences will find it a useful reference. The editors and authors are well-recognized authorities in their respective fields who have delivered a complete package to their audience.
Features: The 65 chapters are organized into six sections. The first is an overview of the biology of the gastrointestinal tract, pancreas, and liver. The second section covers the approach to clinical signs such as ascites, diarrhea, icterus, and regurgitation. While the approach described in this section is not new, each chapter is well done, written in a concise, well-organized manner. The reader with a patient with a particular clinical problem may start with this section to efficiently decide what to do next, whether it is further diagnostics or principles of treatment. The third section covers diagnostic approaches and includes laboratory medicine, imaging (including radiography, ultrasound, nuclear scintigraphy, computed tomography, and MRI), endoscopy, laparoscopy, and histopathology. This section is practical and chapters include information on instrumentation, technical concerns, procedures, and complications of procedures. The chapter on histopathology is a valuable addition to this type of book. The fourth and fifth sections are devoted to nutritional and pharmacology approaches, respectively. The final section covers diseases of the gastrointestinal tract from the oropharynx to the anorectum and the pancreas and liver. Many chapters have a generous complement of tables, figures, algorithms, and color photographs and micrographs, the latter of which are especially helpful as they provide good examples of normal anatomy versus the pathological state. An extensive list of references ends each chapter, and this edition is as up to date as any modern textbook.
Assessment: This is a great addition to anyone's library. The editors and authors have done an outstanding job. Readers will appreciate its overall readability. It will serve as a valuable tool in the hands of veterinary students, house officers, general practitioners, veterinary specialists, or biomedical researchers.