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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Kate F McGovern, BVetMed (University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine)
Description: This book provides a good overall summary of basic clinical pathology in small animals. Although it is fairly short and concise, it contains all the necessary relevant information and includes a CD that takes readers thorough six complicated cases, step by step.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide team members with a more thorough understanding of each clinical diagnostic test of the small animal patient so that they can become a more thorough resource on the veterinary team.
Audience: The book is targeted at all members of the veterinary team.
Features: It covers all aspects of clinical pathology including many tests that may not be available in a small lab, such as the ACTH stimulation test. A detailed glossary and appendixes offer further information and a separate CD runs through six cases with auditory narration. Even though there are a lot of pictures, it would be nice to see more color pictures because this is a very visual topic. The diagrams and flow charts are helpful, but the tables are a bit dull and could use some color. The quality of the pictures is occasionally poor (pp. 46, 50), but in general they are good.
Assessment: This is a useful book that would be a handy reference to have in a practice. It is easy to read, concise, and informative. Although it is aimed at small animal veterinary teams, it includes limited information about large animal species, which is important for a good, general understanding. It is not the most detailed book available, but it is a good basic overview. However, it is not unique as there are several other books that meet similar objectives, such as Veterinary Clinical Pathology: An Introduction, Jackson (Wiley-Blackwell, 2007).