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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Maureen McMichael, DVM, DACVECC (University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine)
Description: This is an up-to-date internal medicine textbook that covers essential topics in a thorough manner. It is full of excellent quality photos, algorithms, tables, schematics, and charts that serve to make the wealth of information accessible. The previous edition was published in 2009.
Purpose: The purpose, according to the authors, is to create a practical book with a strong clinical slant, which this book achieves nicely.
Audience: It is written for both practitioners and students, according to the authors. It will also benefit those in training (interns and residents).
Features: The book's 14 sections are divided by organ system and they cover these areas in a very thorough but concise way. For example, the cardiology section covers clinical manifestations, tests, heart failure, arrhythmias, congenital, myocardial, and pericardial diseases, heartworm disease, hypertension, and thromboembolic disease. Each section has only one author (an expert in that area) for all of the chapters. This engenders consistency and makes each of the sections more coherent (with less overlap) than if different authors had written each chapter. Each section has a multitude of visual images that enhance the text. For example, the cardiology section includes ECGs, thoracic radiographs, echo images, color flow Doppler, angiocardiograms, algorithms, tables, and pictures of clinically affected animals.
Assessment: This will make an excellent addition to the library of small animal veterinarians. It has numerous images, including pictures, diagrams, algorithms, radiographs, ultrasound and echo images, treatment tables, and ECG rhythm strips. This edition is appropriately updated and includes significant new material.