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From The CriticsReviewer: Anne Barger, DVM, MS (University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine)
Description: The fourth edition of this book on cancer in small animals is a marked improvement over the third edition published in 2001. It not only has about 120 more pages with illustrations in color, but is now a standard 8.5" x 11" size. With this edition, the late, well-regarded coeditor Greg MacEwen, is replaced by David Vail who collaborates with senior editor Stephen Withrow. The 34 contributors are all well qualified in their areas.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide an update on the care of the animal cancer patient. Oncology is a growing and vibrant area of veterinary practice and this book is a standard tool in that discipline.
Audience: Although written primarily for specialists in veterinary oncology, the book is suitable for general practitioners as well as for senior students of veterinary medicine.
Features: Unlike the third edition, which was organized more like the DeVita text of human oncology (Cancer: Principles and Practice of Oncology, 7th edition (Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2004)), this edition is organized around the four areas of biology, diagnostics, therapeutics, and specific malignancies. Part two, entitled "Diagnostic Procedures for the Cancer Patient," is largely a new area with a completely new section on clinical imaging in oncology as well an updated section on clinical cytology that is itself a mini-atlas. Unfortunately, like all current offerings in cytology, there are no histo-cyto correlations to provide substance to cytologic interpretation with tumor gradings. There is an excellent new section on molecular diagnostics and issues that ends with an offering by the senior author on principles of biopsy. As a surgeon, he includes some very good rules of thumb.
Assessment: This is an essential reference for those working in animal clinical oncology. There have been many important advances since the third edition was published in 2001.