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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Val Beasley, DVM, PhD (University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine)
Description: This 330-page spiral-bound paperback includes six sections: prevalence of animal exposures to toxins; treatment regimens; toxin summaries (by body systems); selected bibliographies, additional sources of information; and indices of toxins by clinical signs, laboratory test suits, and toxin names.
Purpose: The purpose of this book is to serve as a field guide and quick reference, rather than a comprehensive text. The succinct handbook approach used in this book makes it of significant value to differential diagnosis and an aid to a review of veterinary toxicology for state and national board exam. The book meets the objectives of the author to a substantial degree. As a field guide, one shortcoming is the total lack of illustrations.
Audience: The intended audience is veterinary practitioners and veterinary students, and the author is clearly expert in the field.
Features: The book features tables listing common toxicants arranged first by body systems that are disrupted by the agent, divided into subheadings by toxicant type (biotoxins, organic, inorganic, miscellaneous), and cross listed by species groups (canine/feline, equine, bovine, ovine, porcine, avian). These refer to approximately 100 sections on individual or toxicant groups, which are comprised of a one- to two-page detailed outline. Also, a section on common treatments for poisoning is followed by a useful table that lists companies that supply drugs needed for treating poisoned animals, including their addresses and telephone and fax numbers. The extensive cross referencing of this book is highly creative and will increase its utility. The lists of reference citations will be useful for those with access to veterinary medical libraries. The list of diagnostic laboratories, veterinary toxicologists, and poison control centers, all of which are arranged by state, is appropriate. The book includes a table of acronyms at the front.
Assessment: The print is small but readable. The lists often mention the most common toxicants of importance to the given body systems of the domestic species, but in some cases, the lists are extremely short, contain substantive omissions, or contain no entries. In some cases, confusing or inappropriate terms are used, and occasionally the brevity of treatment recommendations could lead to inappropriate therapies. The index that provides information on laboratory findings includes not only analytical results, but also lesions. Overall the book is worthwhile, but future volumes are likely to be an improvement over this first edition.