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Doody ReviewsReviewer: Marcella D Ridgway, VMD, MS, DACVIM (University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine)
Description: This is a practical guide to the diagnosis and medical management of respiratory disorders of the dog and cat.
Purpose: The well-thought-out design makes the book an effective teaching tool and one that will encourage and support practitioners, especially the less experienced, in addressing respiratory disorders in their small animal patients.
Audience: The book is written to meet the needs of veterinary students and general practitioners and, by intent, excludes much of the detail that would be necessary for specialty training. The author's significant clinical and teaching experience has fostered a talent for identifying and meeting the needs of the intended audience.
Features: The initial chapters cover disease localization, diagnostic techniques, and treatment options for patients with respiratory disease. Subsequent chapters describe specific disease processes, including pathophysiology, characteristic signalment, history, examination findings, appropriate diagnostic testing, treatment, and prognosis, and are organized by region of the respiratory system (nose, airways, lung parenchyma, etc.) affected. The book is fully illustrated with pertinent examples of physical exam abnormalities, cytology, radiographs, and CT and endoscopic images. Although the resolution of some of the endoscopic images is not optimal (presumably acquired with older equipment) , all present useful examples of disease processes.
Assessment: The character of this book is best captured by the phrase "cut to the chase." It is masterfully written to present all pertinent information with a remarkable economy of words, providing a thorough but concise guide to clinical respiratory medicine in the dog and cat.