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From The CriticsReviewer: John C. Huhn, DVM, MS (University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine)
Description: This book presents an algorithmic, problem-oriented approach to the diagnosis of diseases of horses and ruminants. The first edition of this text was published in 1990, and this second edition contains significant new information as evidenced by a 253-page expansion. Several new topics are presented, and reference information is organized to be more user-friendly.
Purpose: The authors seek to provide an encyclopedic volume of large animal medicine that is comprehensive as well as current. This book is much needed, given the rapidity with which this discipline is growing and given the demand for high-quality veterinary clinical medicine. The limited availability of such information in a single volume has prompted the publication of this quality textbook.
Audience: This book is targeted to practicing large animal veterinarians as well as academicians and their students. The editor has selected a wide range of veterinary specialists that are well recognized in their respective fields to provide accurate, relevant, and current information.
Features: The authors use a minimal though adequate number of illustrations to supplement the text. References cited at the end of each chapter are highly pertinent and reflect significant publications from the past decade. Special efforts have been made to construct a table of contents in a detailed and expedient format. This textbook has an elegant appearance, with a hard cover that is considerably more durable than that of the last edition. However the text paper quality of this second edition is only marginal when compared with that of the first edition. A unique feature of this textbook is the highlighted differential diagnosis blocks, which have been, and continue to be, a very popular feature.
Assessment: I consider this book to be a noteworthy and useful edition to the veterinary literature. It is a useful volume for the large animal veterinary practitioner, academician, or veterinary student. Particularly commendable is the unique combination of equine and ruminant medicine in a fashion that is comprehensive and useful to even the species specialist. This book is a must for university libraries. A limited stock should be maintained by bookstores for those veterinary students (approximately 35 % of a given class) that are destined for large or mixed animal veterinary practice.