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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Michael A. Ringenberg, DVM, DipACVP (University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine)
Description: This paperback is formatted into 216 question-answer topics dealing with comparative mammalian medicine spanning nearly 30 species of mammals.
Purpose: The book is best used for self-study with regard to small mammal medicine and is intended for clinical veterinarians.
Audience: The authors gear the book toward the clinical veterinarian in small animal practice, and I agree it will be most useful for this audience. The authors bring clinical and specialty information to the text, supported by a long list of distinguished contributors.
Features: One of the major attractive features of this text are the numerous, high-quality photographs and radiographic images. Strong points of each case scenario are emphasized with high-quality pictures. A unique feature of the book is the question-answer format.
Assessment: The authors have addressed the difficulties encountered by the clinical practitioner in accumulating clinical information regarding small mammals, assimilating such information in a self-study fashion. This Socratic format focuses on fundamental medical, diagnostic, and surgical principles of mammals typically not encountered in the majority of veterinary core curricula. The diversity of the topics makes the book too specialized as a text for didactic veterinary curriculum. However, the format may provide veterinary students with clinical case scenarios similar to those encountered on the CCT portion of the national board exam. This book will be of most use to the small animal practitioner wishing to expand services to include species of animals gaining in popularity and underrepresented in typical veterinary curricula. As board preparatory material, this book would best serve veterinary students as a resource on reserve in the library.