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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Amy L. MacNeill, DVM, PhD, DACVP (University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine)
Description: This comprehensive book discusses collection and evaluation of cytologic and hematologic samples from dogs and cats. The figures are excellent examples of the disease processes discussed in the text. The algorithms designed to guide readers to the correct diagnoses are fair to good, but may be slightly misleading if the readers do not pay close attention to the legend. The last edition of this book was published in 1999, and this edition provides updated and additional material that makes it an extremely useful new resource for small animal practitioners.
Purpose: The book is intended to improve laboratory and interpretative skills of veterinary clinicians and cytology students so that they can collect, prepare, assess, and interpret diagnostic samples from dogs and cats adequately. This is an excellent resource for this purpose and it includes material that is not found in other cytology books.
Audience: The authors intend this book to educate and guide veterinary clinicians and cytology students. The majority of contributors are board certified veterinary pathologists and all are veterinarians who are highly respected in the field of veterinary clinical pathology.
Features: Like most veterinary cytology books, this one covers well lesions of the skin and subcutaneous tissues, normal and abnormal cytology of many internal organs, and fluid analysis. It also includes more extensive information about external ear canal, gastrointestinal, pancreatic, and testicular cytology than previous books. The information in most other chapters is up to date and well explained. However, chapter 13 on the musculoskeletal system should be expanded to include additional staining techniques and diagnostics that can be used to further differentiate lesions in this system. Round cell tumors are overly discussed and some figures of infectious organisms are repetitive, but this does not take away from the information provided.
Assessment: The information and figures in this book are excellent. However, the multiple diagnostic algorithms in each chapter don't necessarily add to the knowledge base of the reader. In fact, some algorithms may lead readers to skip important information in the text. Although this book does not include large animal cytology or hematology, it is more comprehensive than Freeman (Self-Assessment Colour Review of Veterinary Cytology: Dog, Cat, Horse and Cow (Manson Publishing, 2007). Please note that the objectives of Freeman's book are quite different from this one). The objectives and content of this book are similar to Raskin (Atlas of Canine and Feline Cytology (Saunders, 2001)). Raskin compares aspects of cytology and histology from several lesions, a discussion that is lacking in this book. This aspect may make Raskin a better reference for residents in veterinary clinical pathology. However, the high quality of the figures and updated material in this book may make it easier for veterinary students and practitioners to use. The hematology and bone marrow aspirate sections are comparable to Raskin. These areas are more fully described in Harvey (Atlas of Veterinary Hematology: Blood and Bone Marrow of Domestic Animals (Saunders, 2001)). This edition also contains information that is not included in previous versions of the book, or in other books, making it an excellent and welcome additional reference for veterinary practitioners.