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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Gordon J. Baker, BVSc, PhD, MRCVS,Dip ACVS(University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine)
Description: This text is arranged in five sections with a total of 29 authors. The sections cover the general principles of joint pathobiology and the pathology, pathogenesis, and diagnosis of traumatic and degenerative joint disease. Other sections cover treatment, osteochondrosis, and current research.
Purpose: Its purpose is to bring together current material in the field of joint diseases in the horse. It will make a useful study as well as reference text for practitioners and students.
Audience: The book is designed to be of value to both researchers and clinicians.
Features: The book is illustrated with mostly high-quality black-and-white photographs and diagrams. The references are presented with each of the 29 chapters and are a valuable source for additional reading material.
Assessment: This book is well organized, and the authors are to be congratulated on producing a valuable addition to the libraries of equine clinicians, research workers, and veterinary students. The material present covers a wide field but, by necessity, each section or chapter is of itself only the essence of the subject. For example, the chapters on imaging techniques and surgical treatment are forced to be brief. These problems are, however, offset to some degree by the inclusion with each chapter of extensive reference lists to direct the reader to additional current resources. In general, the illustrations are of good quality, although not all of the radiographs reproduced with acceptable clarity. The surgical treatment section might have been improved with color illustrations of some of the arthroscopic lesions. The four chapters devoted to current research relevant to equine joint disease give an excellent review of cellular and receptor mechanisms in joint disease. In other chapters, nutritional, genetic, and conformational influences on joint pathology are reviewed but are not pulled into the current research sections. This book will prove to be a valuable and extremely useful resource for all veterinarians who work with horses and is strongly recommended.