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From The CriticsReviewer: Thomas J. Burke, DVM, MS (University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine)
Description: This is the second edition of a 252-page, soft-cover, spiral-bound book. There are eight chapters plus a reference section, an appendix of 63 color figures, and an index. There is a chapter on anesthesia and an updated formulary.
Purpose: The author's stated purpose is to acquaint the practitioner with important aspects of husbandry and common diseases of reptiles that are kept as pets.
Audience: The audience is veterinary general practitioners.
Features: There is a chapter of general information that includes comments on temperature, lighting, egg incubation techniques, and Salmonella followed by chapters more specifically devoted to chelonians, green iguanas, leopard geckos, nonvenomous snakes, and caimans. These contain detailed information on disease conditions. Description of surgical techniques is, for the most part, lacking, but references are given. There is a fine anesthesia chapter and an excellent updated formulary. All references and the color figures are in separate sections at the end of the book. One must, however, flip back and forth from the figures to their legends. The references are up to date (through 1998) and of great value. The index is complete.
Assessment: This book gives the general practitioner valuable information in an easy-to-read read format. The anesthesia and formulary sections are particularly valuable. Surgical procedures are not covered in detail. The reviewer's main concern is in the physical construction of the book. I do not think it will stand up to much use and pages will come free and be lost or damaged.