Small Animal Clinical Diagnosis by Laboratory Methods / Edition 5

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This edition of a practical and popular veterinary resource is now updated and expanded! Includes new color illustrations and up-to-date information on toxicology, therapeutic drug monitoring, and expected findings in selected diseases. Focuses on how to interpret laboratory results, and offers guidance in reaching an accurate diagnosis. Over 16 contributors reflect the most current information in practice. Also features liberal use of algorithms and tables.
  • Offers new chapters on drug monitoring and dianostic toxicology, general concepts, and serum chemistries.
  • More color plates
  • Includes a new appendix that details the degree of importance of each laboratory finding for a particular disease.
  • Organized by body system
  • Contains multiple algorithms detailing problems and the appropriate tests to administer
  • Appendices list laboratories for special tests, and reference values.

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

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Editorial Reviews

Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: Rebekah Susan Lewis, BS, AAS, DVM (University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine)
Description: This is an excellent quick reference that can be used by general veterinary practitioners or beginning veterinary students to help identify the appropriate laboratory test and how to interpret the results. Each chapter of this fifth edition has been updated from the 2004 edition and several new chapters have been added.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a single, easy-to-use, quick reference to help choose and interpret laboratory tests.
Audience: It is intended not only for veterinary practitioners, but also for veterinary students. It does not go into specific pathophysiological details so that it can reach a broader reader base. Chapter authors are some of the leading experts in their fields who provide a quick and very informative summary of each topic.
Features: The book is structured so that each organ system is broken down into chapters. Each chapter summarizes important facts in blue boxes, allowing readers to quickly scan through the text to find what they need. The book also uses many pertinent diagrams throughout, but some sections would benefit from additional graphics and pictures.
Assessment: There are many available references for veterinary laboratory testing. This one is useful for all veterinarians because it is compact and informative. It is has been eight years since the fourth edition, and this is a much-needed update.
From the Publisher
"This textbook strikes a good balance between informative text and illustrative diagrams, graphs and photographs, and is relatively easy to read...This layout is one of its main appeals; readers can skip to the section that most interests the and quickly refresh their memory on differentials for the particular clinical sign or elevated blood parameter that is troubling them, the nread through the potential further tests to pursue a diagnosis...Overall, this book has clear potential to be used as handy reference material by the small animal clinician looking for a quick and simple approach to investigating a particular worrying clinical sign or parameter. Veterinary Students considering a career in small animal practice, or who find themselves confused by lenghty explanations in other clinical pathology textbooks, may also find it illuminating and more enjoyable to use."

Vet Record, May 2012

"The text was obviously crafted with one consistent thought:'what will the general practice vet be asking here?' The book has wonderful algorithms and 'causes of...' tables that succinctly guide the practitionerthrough problem-based scenarios; they helpfully indicate when something is rare or common in a general practice population...Overall, Willard and Tvedten is a superb quick-to-read book and my new recommendation."

EJCAP, Aug 2012

"The fifth edition is similar in structure to the previous editions but has been updated effectively and despite the stated concerns of the authors that currency is impossible in a profession that is continually advancing, they have come as close as possible to meeting this challenge. The text is logically structured, with chapters based on body systems. Each chapter contains comprehensive lists of appropriate laboratory tests for various clinical presentations...One of the benefits in reading a text such as this is the attention paid to the provision of the context in which the tests are used. The authors have excelled in this and in doing so have provided a readily accessible reference not only for the laboratory tests detailed, but also provided a systematic review of medical conditions and disease in general."

Australian Veterinary Journal, September 2012

Karen L. Campbell
This is the second edition of a clinical pathology textbook written primarily for small animal practitioners. This update has added 10 new contributors, the majority of whom are diplomates of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine. The purpose is to provide a concise reference for diagnostic tests commonly used by veterinary practitioners. The information includes a brief summarization of diagnostic approaches to various medical problems, available diagnostic tests, indications and limitations for each test, and conclusions that can be made based on test results. This book does a fairly good job of updating practitioners on newly developed laboratory tests. This book will be of interest primarily for small animal practitioners. The majority of the contributors are small animal clinicians and as such are able to present information in a manner that is easily understood by practitioners. However, a criticism of the book is the limited number of clinical pathologists who contributed to it. Features include an introductory chapter discussing the use of in-office diagnostic tests and procedures and the use of referral laboratories. Fifteen chapters discuss laboratory tests for the diagnosis of disorders of various body systems. Appendixes include listings of referral laboratories and reference values for commonly used tests. The book includes four pages of color plates, and additional color illustrations would improve the usefulness of this book as a reference for practitioners to use for their ""in-house' evaluation of urine sediments, hematology, and cytology. Numerous flow charts and tables provide useful information to guide practitioners through diagnostic approaches tocommon diseases. This book will be most useful to practitioners who have been in practice for several years and need an updated reference on currently available laboratory tests.
Charles E. Wiedmeyer
This third edition book offers detailed explanations and interpretations of laboratory tests used to diagnose clinical disease in small animals. Sections on hematology and serum biochemistry divided by organ system, as well as three appendixes with very useful diagnostic information for the general practitioner, are included. The first edition of the book was published in 1989. The purpose is to help veterinarians and veterinary students appropriately select and accurately interpret laboratory tests in a simple, practical, and rapid manner. Complete information regarding available diagnostic tests is provided, and the most useful and pragmatic tests are recommended to streamline diagnosis. The objectives as outlined by the editors are mostly met. This book is intended for use by practicing veterinarians and veterinary students. Other veterinarians specializing in the field of pathology or laboratory diagnostics can benefit from the explicit information. All editors and contributng authors are credible and are recognized in the field of veterinary diagnostic medicine. Few colored plates of excellent quality are presented at the beginning of the book illustrating random points discussed in the text. Algorithms and tables scattered throughout the text complement the editors' objectives. Appendixes I and II are exceptionally helpful as reference sources to veterinarians. Appendix III is vague and could be eliminated. Diagnostic laboratory test use and interpretation divided by organ system are extremely advantageous for rapid acquisition of information. While the book meets the objective as a rapid, practical reference source for veterinarians and veterinary students, it lacks theproper illustrative component necessary to best convey information in some of the chapters. Chapters focusing on cytologic interpretations would benefit from colored pictures rather than line drawings or text descriptions. The update of information from the second edition is necessary in this evolving field of veterinary diagnostic medicine.

3 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781437706574
  • Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
  • Publication date: 1/2/2012
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 407,355
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Ch. 1 General Laboratory Concepts 1
Ch. 2 The Complete Blood Count and Bone Marrow Examination: General Comments and Selected Techniques 14
Ch. 3 Erythrocyte Disorders 38
Ch. 4 Leukocyte Disorders 63
Ch. 5 Hemostatic Abnormalities 92
Introduction to Serum Chemistries: Artifacts in Biochemical Determinations 113
Ch. 6 Electrolyte and Acid-Base Disorders 117
Ch. 7 Urinary Disorders 135
Ch. 8 Endocrine, Metabolic, and Lipid Disorders 165
Ch. 9 Gastrointestinal, Pancreatic, and Hepatic Disorders 208
Ch. 10 Fluid Accumulation Disorders 247
Ch. 11 Respiratory Disorders 270
Ch. 12 Immunologic and Plasma Protein Disorders 290
Ch. 13 Reproductive Disorders 306
Ch. 14 Neurologic Disorders 322
Ch. 15 Microbiology and Infectious Disease 332
Ch. 16 Cytology of Neoplastic and Inflammatory Masses 356
Ch. 17 Laboratory Diagnostic Toxicology 381
Ch. 18 Therapeutic Drug Monitoring 396
App. I Listing of Referral Laboratories 406
App. II Reference Values 417
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