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From The CriticsReviewer: Rhonda Lynn Schulman, DVM, DACVIM (University of Illinois)
Description: This book provides information on the vast majority of drugs that veterinarians use. The previous edition was published in 1999.
Purpose: The book is intended to serve as "single-volume veterinary drug reference." Books of this nature are essential to the practice of veterinary medicine. With the additional monographs found in this edition, this book describes virtually every drug used by veterinarians.
Audience: It is aimed at all practicing veterinarians and continues to be the ultimate authority for drug references.
Features: The handbook provides desciptions of individual drugs — their uses, potential side-effects, and dosing. A new section unique to this edition is prescriber highlights. This section succinctly discusses the major use for the medication and serious side-effects. There are now two components to the index, an alphabetical drug listing and an arrangement by drug class, which will be very helpful to the practitioner. The only shortcoming to this book is that which is inherent to print publishing — it will be impossible for it to remain up-to-date, even within the span of months. An example of this is that the enrofloxacin monograph does not list blindness as a potential side-effect in cats.
Assessment: This fourth edition is a necessary update to an esential book.