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From The CriticsReviewer: Gay Y. Miller, DVM, MS, PhD(University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine)
Description: Tannenbaum's book is a comprehensive review of veterinary ethics. Definitions, ideas, questions, and summations of where the veterinary profession stands on a wide array of topics related to veterinary ethics are presented. This second edition updates the first edition, which appeared in 1989.
Purpose: The purpose is to be a comprehensive, up-to-date overview of veterinary ethics, designed to cause people to challenge their own beliefs and reflect on the serious questions in veterinary ethics today. The author's objectives are met, and the result for the reader will be personal growth and a firming of individual beliefs.
Audience: The audience targeted for this text is essentially all people. However, the book will be most relevant for veterinarians, animal scientists, and animal owners. Tannenbaum is a credible authority on the subject, being the author of essentially the only comprehensive text on veterinary ethics.
Features: Examples used throughout the book elicit careful thought, stir debate, and are very relevant to the times. The table of contents and index are adequate for directed searches within the book.
Assessment: The subject of veterinary ethics has probably never been of greater importance to people as we continue to become a more urban society with fewer ties to agriculture, making the dichotomy between companion animal veterinary practice and agricultural veterinary practice ripe for further exploration with regards to veterinary ethics. The book is interesting and thought provoking. It asks more questions than it answers, which is probably the best approach with a topic such as veterinary ethics.