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Doody ReviewsReviewer: Jennifer Ann Landolfi, DVM, DACVP (University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine)
Description: This is the second edition of a comprehensive and user-friendly clinical reference for identification and management of diseases in fish. Like the first edition published in 1996, this edition is organized into three major parts that detail diagnostic methods, specific clinical problems, and pertinent treatment modalities. This book is distinguished from other references of its kind in that discussions of specific clinical problems are organized as they would be encountered in the clinical case work-up as opposed to by traditional body systems or etiology. The sequential arrangement of problem discussions facilitates clinical application to real world cases.
Purpose: According to the author, the purpose is "to guide readers through the most commonly encountered fish diseases" and to provide information necessary to effectively manage disease in a clinical setting. In addition to providing detailed information on fish diseases, this book places emphasizes the clinical approach to diagnosis and management of these diseases. A comprehensive, accurate, and clinically useful reference is essential to the field of fish medicine considering the continued growth of aquaculture and popularity of aquarium fish.
Audience: The book is designed for fish health practitioners. The second edition includes a considerable expansion of the diagnostic methods section to guide users through many routine and more specialized procedures used in the workup of fish cases. Information on specific diseases in the "Problem List" section is useful not only to clinical fish health practitioners, but also to students, residents, researchers, and diagnostic pathologists who examine fish cases. The author is a professor of aquatic medicine whose research focuses on disease susceptibility in fish.
Features: Part one of the book's three parts addresses the diagnostic approach and essential methods required for comprehensive evaluation of fish disease cases. It provides step-by-step guidelines for handling fish cases and includes many high-quality, color illustrations that depict and clarify material presented in the text. Clinical examination guidelines in this section create the template for organization of information detailed in part two, the "Problem List," which is a compilation of important, recognized diseases and conditions encountered in fish medicine. For each problem, the method of diagnosis, history and physical exam findings, and recommended treatments are listed. This basic information is followed by more specific information regarding epidemiology, pathogenesis, pathology, etc., particular to each disease. Numerous high-quality, color illustrations and diagrams depict lesions, causative agents, and/or pathogenic mechanisms. Part two is the most broadly useful portion of the book, providing detailed information on fish disease useful for fish medicine practitioners, pathologists, researchers, and students alike. Part three is devoted to treatment methods and includes an updated and expanded pharmacopoeia. This is an invaluable reference for clinical evaluation of fish disease cases, but detailed, in-depth information on specific fish diseases is not a feature of this book. Readers accustomed to books organized by taxonomy of causative agents (e.g. viral diseases, bacterial diseases, environmental diseases, etc.) may find the organization of this book unfamiliar, but the complete index ensures easy access to all topics.
Assessment: This is a welcome expansion of the first edition. It offers a much expanded clinical methods section, several new and/or newly organized problems, and presentation of enhanced and updated treatment options. Altogether, new information has increased the page count by 130 pages. This book remains unique in its clinical as well as academic usefulness. The clinical focus makes it stand out from other important fish medicine and disease references, and its ease of use makes it a popular first choice of professionals in the field.