Guide to the Dissection of the Dog / Edition 6

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This practical guide facilitates a thorough dissection of the dog to learn basic mammalian structure and specific canine features. Emphasizing anatomical knowledge, each chapter presents self-contained guidance on the dissection of a specific body part, allowing the reader to perform these dissections in any sequence preferred. Descriptions are based on the dissection of embalmed, arterially injected adult dogs of mixed breeds, and the anatomical terms used in the book come from the Nomina Anatmica Veterinaria.

• Content is organized by specific body part to give readers the ability to work in any sequence.
• An introductory chapter explains commonly used terms in anatomy in great detail. It also discusses the moral implications of dissecting dogs for canine gross anatomy, as well as the procedures and guidelines used in dissection.
• A list of figures and tables with page numbers is included in the front of the book.
• A list of references is provided in the back of the book to provide opportunities for further study.

• New CAT scans are provided to show internal anatomical features that can only be seen by this method.
• More than 300 illustrations — including new and updated drawings — depict each dissection procedure, step-by-step.
• Updated content includes recommendations from individuals in the global veterinary community.

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Reviewer: Kevin K Au, BSc BVMS(University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine)
Description: This book aims to guide readers through the complete dissection of a dog outlining the most important anatomic features. This is an update from the sixth edition published six years earlier.
Purpose: It provides step-by-step instruction on the complete dissection of a dog with a thorough description of the most important anatomic features in addition to providing information on their function and purpose. It also successfully links the anatomic dissection with clinical practice by providing concurrent information on live dog palpation.
Audience: The book is targeted primarily at veterinary and anatomy students. However, as a surgical resident and practitioner, I found it a particularly useful overview of anatomy as the focus on practical dissection allows the authors to avoid the excess detail that is necessary in dedicated anatomy texts.
Features: The chapters focus on different regions of the dog, such as the head or the abdomen, pelvis, and pelvic limb. This allows progressive dissection of a region without jumping from one area of the body to another. The illustrations are the best feature of this book, and they are accurate, clear, and easy to follow. The figures are in color, which allows clear separation of body systems such as vascular structures and the nervous system. The text thoroughly describes not only the anatomy, but also the function of different structures such as the origin, insertion, action, and innervation of separate muscles.
Assessment: This has been one of my most used textbooks since my first exposure to the fourth edition during veterinary school. It still finds regular use as it provides easy access to pertinent surgical anatomy in a compact volume. This edition expands greatly on prior editions with the introduction of color illustrations and information on live dog palpation which is of particular use to veterinary students.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780721601052
  • Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
  • Publication date: 5/19/2004
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 392
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 10.40 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations and Tables
Medical Etymology and Anatomical
Directional Terms
The Skeletal and Muscular Systems
Bones of the Thoracic Limb
Muscles of the Thoracic Limb
Joints of the Thoracic Limb
Bones of the Pelvic Limb
Muscles of the Pelvic Limb
Joints of the Pelvic Limb
Bones of the Vertebral Column
Muscles of the Trunk and Neck
Joints of the Axial Skeleton
The Neck, Thorax, and Thoracic Limb
Vessels and Nerves of the Neck
Introduction to the Autonomic Nervous System
Heart and Pericardium
Vessels and Nerves of the Thoracic Limb
The Abdomen, Pelvis, and Pelvic Limb
Vessels and Nerves of the Ventral and Lateral Parts of the Abdominal Wall
Abdominal Viscera
Pelvic Viscera, Vessels, and Nerves
Vessels and Nerves of the Pelvic Limb
The Head
The Skull
Structures of the Head
The Nervous System
Spinal Cord

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2006

    The book from a vet student's viewpoint

    I am a first year student at the College of Veterinary Medicine at the Univerisity of Missouri-Columbia. This is the book that we use to guide our dissection of our dog. However, this book is full of mistakes, poor illustrations not showing key muscles, nerves, etc and uses circular logic to guide dissection. They will tell you to cut a muscle only later to tell you its location and function! For a book to have gone through so many editions, it is a poor guide.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2008


    This is the 'standard' by which all dissection guides should be judged. Does not get better then this book with regards to the subject matter

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