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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: William A. Meier, MS, DVM (University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine)
Description: This book, written and edited by authoritative veterinary surgeons, provides a practical, systems-based approach to surgical problems in small animals. The fourth edition follows a 1990 third edition.
Purpose: The editors provide pathophysiological descriptions of and current, pragmatic treatments for small animal surgical diseases. Although a few sections are highly specialized and the procedures are unlikely to be performed in general practice, most chapters review problems encountered frequently.
Audience: The book is targeted at the practicing small animal veterinarian and veterinary student. The combination of contributors from private practice and academia broadens the perspective of the text.
Features: The first half of the book focuses on soft tissue surgery. Its sections are organized by systems, such as urogenital, with chapters reviewing surgical problems of specific organs in that system. The second half of the book is dedicated to orthopedic surgery, including fracture fixation techniques for the axial and appendicular bones, joint surgery, and neurosurgery. There are several algorithms provided as a guide for diagnosis of orthopedic problems. Each chapter contains illustrations which depict the procedures described. These are extremely helpful for the practitioner who cannot observe a surgery prior to performing it.
Assessment: This book is well organized and comprehensive. It represents the work of many eminent veterinary surgeons who wish to help their practitioner colleagues in treating small animal surgical diseases. It is an indispensable reference for the small animal practitioner.