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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Linda Berent, DVM, Diplomate ACVP(University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine)
Description: This book on camelid hematology has six chapters, 24 English language pages, 24 Arabic language pages, and 26 pages of color figures. The tables of normal CBC and chemistry values for various ages and species are complete and should be useful to the veterinary practitioner.
Purpose: The stated purpose is to give veterinarians a guide to normal camelid hematology and to be an aid in diagnosing diseases. The reader does get an idea of normal hematology, but this book is lacking in detail regarding pathologic changes.
Audience: It is written for the practicing veterinarian. It may be useful to those with very little background in hematology, but it lacks the detail needed to be useful in interpreting complex abnormal hematological findings.
Features: The introduction and the first chapter are the most useful. The reference value tables are excellent. The erythrocyte and leukocyte chapters are brief and only one or two sentences are devoted to changes specific to the camelid species or changes seen in disease. Many of the pictures in the atlas are out of focus and poorly stained. The magnification and the stains used are rarely stated. Pathologic changes are not pointed out with arrows, and an explanation of their significance is lacking for most figures. The marked variation in stains makes it difficult to determine what the cells are supposed to look like.
Assessment: There are currently only a small number of pictures of camelid blood in the common reference books (Hawkey & Dennett's Color Atlas of Comparative Veterinary Hematology (Iowa State University Press 1989) and Jain's Essentials of Veterinary Hematology (Lea & Febiger 1993)), but although this book has many photographs of camelid erythrocytes and leukocytes, the poor quality of the figures diminishes its usefulness.