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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Janna M. Johnson, DVM (University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine)
Description: This second edition book (the previous edition was published 12 years ago) provides current information on disease mechanisms in small animal surgery.
Purpose: The purpose of this book is to be a concise, comprehensive resource to the practitioner and student on the currently available knowledge regarding disease mechanisms. The information provided by this book should aid in client education and in selecting appropriate treatment for the small animal patient.
Audience: The stated target audience includes students and practitioners. The book succeeds in providing appropriate information for this audience.
Features: The book is printed in black-and-white and the tables and photographs are of good quality. The tables, photographs, and figures are present in sufficient quantity, complement the written text well, and are easily interpreted. References are largely current, but texts rather than original work are often cited. The table of contents and index are organized such that information is readily retrieved. The book is attractive in its appearance, has highlighted chapter subheadings, and is organized by organ systems.
Assessment: For the student or practitioner that is interested in small animal surgery, the book provides an excellent information base for increasing the reader's understanding of disease mechanisms so that rational surgical intervention can be undertaken. Given the 12-year time span bewteen editions, this new edition was in order and is welcome.