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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Gary C. Althouse, DVM, MS, PhD, DACT (University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine)
Description: This color atlas on reproductive pathology consists of 18 chapters under five major headings: reproductive organ examination, gender differentiation, diseases of the male reproductive tract, diseases of the female reproductive tract, and diseases of the gravid uterus. As a color atlas, the focus lies in the use of multiple macroscopic and microscopic illustrations to aid in obtaining a greater understanding of reproductive pathology.
Purpose: This book is intended as a pictorial reference on commonly encountered reproductive disease processes found in male and female domestic animals. Considerable detail is provided through full-color illustrations and descriptive text. Overall, the author has done an exceptional job in meeting the book's objective.
Audience: This color atlas will be an excellent reference for those interested in enhancing their understanding of reproductive pathology. Veterinary medical students or others (e.g., interns, residents, practitioners, academicians) with an active interest in the disciplines of pathology and theriogenology would find this text an essential component to their library.
Features: This book contains some of the best macroscopic and microscopic illustrations available in a reproductive pathology text. To complement the more than 600 illustrations (591 in full-color), succinct text provides key information on such things as breed predilection, etiology, pathogenesis, and clinical signs. The author provides suggested readings and/or essential references at the end of each chapter for those seeking additional information. The organization of the table of contents and index makes it easy for one to find a particular topic of interest.
Assessment: Because this is a color atlas, illustrations are the primary component of the book by which the author develops the reader's understanding of reproductive pathology. Because of the author's choice of presenting this topic through illustration, it makes this book an essential complement to current texts written on the subject, rather than being a primary text in itself. This book should become a welcome addition to those interested in enhancing their understanding of reproductive pathology.