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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Janna M. Johnson, DVM (University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine)
Description: This book combines radiologic and surgical assessment of fracture diagnosis and treatment. After 11 chapters of general text on surgical and radiographic aspects of fractures, case studies of specific fractures are provided.
Purpose: The purpose of the book is to provide a "real-life" approach to fracture assessment, treatment options, and prognosis by the use of case studies that show proper and improper fracture management techniques.
Audience: The intended audience includes clinicians and students interested in small animal fracture management.
Features: At the beginning of the book, a useful glossary of terms is provided for the reader. Initial chapters discuss such topics as skeletal trauma, osteomyelitis, and types of orthopedic implants. Radiographic case studies of specific fractures with critical commentary of surgical management and radiographic interpretation are provided.
Assessment: This book is recommended for the veterinarian or veterinary student interested in orthopedic surgery. This practical text supplies a broad range of case studies on axial and appendicular skeletal fractures occurring in dogs and cats. Plentiful case studies are provided that demonstrate radiographic examples of fracture progression to union or nonunion. Supplemental commentary that critiques the method of surgical fixation as well as provides interpretation of the radiographic findings is provided.