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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Allan John Paul, DVM, MS (University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine)
Description: This is an update of a book on the common parasites of laboratory animals. The first edition was published in 1973.
Purpose: The purpose is to gather information known in the field of lab animal parasites into a single text. This is definitely a worthy objective since information in this field is widely scattered or hard to find.
Audience: This book targets a wide audience — anyone dealing with lab animals will find it useful. The author has put together an excellent group of contributors.
Features: The major parasites of the commonly used laboratory animals are covered. The organization of the book outlining the morphology, hosts, life cycle, pathology, diagnosis, treatment, prevention, and public health considerations of each parasite makes it easy to follow. The appendix covering drugs is exceptional and will be very useful.
Assessment: This is a well written and very useful book for those in the field of lab animal medicine. This second edition contains much newer useful information.