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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Dusty W. Nagy, DVM, MS (University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine)
Description: This extensive book covers the internal medicine of both equine and ruminant species, using 56 consulting editors and 182 contributing authors. The previous edition was published in 1996. There are seven sections divided into 50 chapters.
Purpose: The book fills an important niche, as there are relatively few available that cover both equine and ruminant species. The book focuses more heavily on medicine of equine and cattle, although the coverage of sheep and goat medicine is improved over previous editions.
Audience: It is designed to be a reference covering medical conditions of large animal species for the practicing veterinarian. It is suitable for any large animal practitioner or veterinary student needing a reference for large animal internal medicine subjects. The information is sufficiently detailed to be a reference for practicing internists and it is understandable enough to serve as a detailed source of information for veterinary students.
Features: A wide range of physiologic, pathologic, and toxicologic conditions of large animal species during all phases of life is covered. The information is current and includes many newer diseases. The section on preventive medicine and therapeutics is timely as the profession focuses more on prevention of disease processes rather than simply treating them once they arise. The section on sample collection and test interpretation is particularly valuable to the practitioner because it discusses diseases that may cause particular abnormalities. With most books, you must know the disease before information can be found regarding abnormal test results. Each chapter contains tables, charts, and figures that greatly enhance the written material. One particularly useful feature are the differential diagnosis tables. These give a list of possible differential diagnoses, ordered by commonality, for clinical signs present in the patient. The book has few shortcomings. For the pure food animal practitioner, the coverage of small ruminants may not be adequate and there is no information on swine. It is also occasionally difficult to locate specific information, as some subjects are covered in varying degrees of depth in different sections.
Assessment: This is a good book for practitioners and veterinary students alike. It also provides information in a detailed enough fashion to be a reference for residents and internists. It is fairly unique in its field as it covers equine and ruminant species. It is stronger in equine medicine than Veterinary Medicine: A Textbook of the Diseases of Cattle, Sheep, Pigs, Goats, and Horses, 9th Edition, by Radostits, et al. (W. B. Saunders, 2000). The inclusion of more illustrations and coverage of new and emerging diseases warrants the new edition.