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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Barbara E. Kitchell, DVM (University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine)
Description: This textbook of veterinary cancer medicine is a clinically oriented resource. The first 14 chapters are general overviews of selected topics; the remaining chapters deal with specific tumor types. The prior edition was published in 1989 with the title Clinical Veterinary Oncology.
Purpose: The objectives are to provide a textbook that corrects what they describe as "historically...strong opinions based on weak data." In the second edition, the objectives are expanded to be "...a state of the art book with an emphasis on biologic behavior and treatment of cancer in small animals." These objectives are worthy, and this edition represents a much-needed resource for veterinarians. For the most part, the objectives are met. The emphasis on exclusion of protocols based on weak data, although important, leaves some treatment areas lightly covered.
Audience: Veterinary students, practitioners, and veterinary oncologists are the intended audience, according to the authors. The book meets the needs of this audience, although oncology specialists may find some of the material superficial. The editors are highly respected in the field of veterinary oncology. The selection of contributing authors adds depth to the material.
Features: Illustrations are black-and-white photographs and line drawings, which are appropriate in amount and quality. The references included are excellent and current. The authors have done a fine job with regard to references. The table of contents and index are well organized and adequate. The book is larger than the previous edition, and the cover design is improved.
Assessment: This second edition represents a substantial improvement and a much-needed reference resource. The book is well written and exceptionally well referenced. The initial chapters are insightful, well-written overviews of principles of cancer biology, diagnosis, and therapy. The disease-specific chapters present the most current reviews of treatment protocols available. This book is a worthwhile addition to any practicing veterinarian's library.