Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: Victor E. Valli, DVM, MSc, PhD (University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine)
Description: This is the second edition of a book that covers diseases of the mouse, rat, hamster, gerbil, guinea pig, and rabbit. Since the first edition was published in 1993, this book has gained 100 pages and a number of new sections, particularly on the mouse (behavioral and genital urinary disorders). Also, gene knockout and transgenic animals are given much more attention. The book is printed on glossy paper and is profusely illustrated with high quality black-and-white photographs illustrating both gross and microscopic lesions.
Purpose: The authors state that this book is designed "to serve as a general reference text for veterinary pathologists, laboratory animal veterinarians, students and others who may require information on key diagnostic features, differential diagnoses and the significance of diseases that effect commonly-used laboratory animals." The authors indicate that emphasis is given to infectious diseases of laboratory animals because of the lack of information on these diseases from a diagnostic perspective available elsewhere. With animal purchase and containment constituting the major cost of many biomedical studies, it is essential that the health of those animals be protected for both ethical and legislative reasons and for the research to be maximally productive.
Audience: Although replete with detail, this book is easy to read. Also, while of maximum value to veterinarians of a variety of specialties, this book is easily comprehended by nonmedical professionals, particularly those who are most interested in aspects of infectious diseases. Both authors are well qualified for this task as board certified veterinary pathologists with expertise in laboratory animal pathology and credible researchers with extensive bibliographies in their areas.
Features: Specific diseases of each species are handled in a consistent manner that greatly adds to the utility of the work. Infectious agents are first described in a general sense, including the classification of the infectious agent and the general characteristics of the types of diseases with which it is associated. This is followed by epizootiology and pathogenesis specific to the species of animals discussed in each chapter. Subsequent sections include pathology, with the description of lesions at both the growth and microscopic level, and concludes with a differential diagnoses and a final section of significance, placing the disease entity in context on a national and global basis. In a welcome departure from previous texts on laboratory animal diseases, the neoplastic lesions are discussed using terminology consistent with WHO classifications and references to earlier terminology. The bibliographies are grouped at the end of each chapter under subheadings for general classes of infectious agents and parasitisms or infectious diseases and body systems for neoplasms.
Assessment: This is an excellent addition to the literature on laboratory animal diseases. The consistency of material on both rodents and rabbits is comparable to that found in the older series, Benirschke's The Mouse and Biomedical Research and Pathology of Laboratory Animals or Fox's Laboratory Animal Medicine. The only other book with which it reasonably compares is the first edition.
5 Stars! from Doody
This reference presents an overview of diseases that commonly strike laboratory animals like mice, rats, guinea pigs, hamsters, rabbits, and gerbils. Written for veterinary pathologists, laboratory animal veterinarians, and students, the book covers microbial diseases, parasitic infections, nutritional and metabolic disorders, and neoplasms. Entries are organized by species and disease type. Approximately 300 illustrations accompany the text. Percy teaches pathology at Ontario Veterinary College; Barthold is director of the University of California Center for Comparative Medicine. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
From the Publisher
“This is an excellent book for those requiring a comprehensive review of major infectious and noninfectious diseases of rodents and rabbits, providing accurate and up-to-date information on their pathology and diagnosis. There are no contemporary competing books that address the pathology of multiple species and have a strong focus on infectious diseases. Because of the rapidly changing field, the new edition is essential for those working in laboratory animal medicine and pathology. - Doody's Reviews
“...provides a comprehensive synopsis of the important diseases affecting laboratory rodents and rabbits... has earned the reputation of being a key resource and required reading for veterinarians who are seeking board certification in laboratory animal medicine and veterinary patholoogy disciplines.... also extremely useful for laboratory animal health technicians and veterinary students. The new edition features updates throughout while maintaining the concise organization of previous editions and for these reasons will continue to be a standard pathology text for those working with laboratory rodents and rabbits. - Interface: Newsletter of the Canadian Association for Laboratory Animal Medicine
"Overall, this book still remains one of the best overviews of pathology in laboratory animals, particularly of infectious disease. The clear, concise and easy-to-follow style should find its way onto an available bookshelf for all with a professional interest in these species." - BTS Newsletter
“An excellent reference that should be on the shelf of pathologists interested in these animals. It would also be valuable to clinicians who see these subject animals [or] those who like to explore the subject of pathology and want more information and description of the lesions of the diseases they see.” - Exotic DVM Magazine
What People are saying about this
From the Publisher
“This is an excellent book for those requiring a comprehensive review…providing accurate and up-to-date information on their pathology and diagnosis…the new edition is essential.”
“This new edition features updates while maintaining the concise organization of previous editions and for these reasons will continue to be a standard pathology text.”
Newsletter of the Canadian Association for Laboratory Animal Medicine
"Remains one of the best overviews of pathology in these laboratory animals particularly of infectious disease." BTS Newsletter