Reviewer: Kevin K Au, BSc BVMS(University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine)
Description: This book aims to guide readers through the complete dissection of a dog outlining the most important anatomic features. This is an update from the sixth edition published six years earlier.
Purpose: It provides step-by-step instruction on the complete dissection of a dog with a thorough description of the most important anatomic features in addition to providing information on their function and purpose. It also successfully links the anatomic dissection with clinical practice by providing concurrent information on live dog palpation.
Audience: The book is targeted primarily at veterinary and anatomy students. However, as a surgical resident and practitioner, I found it a particularly useful overview of anatomy as the focus on practical dissection allows the authors to avoid the excess detail that is necessary in dedicated anatomy texts.
Features: The chapters focus on different regions of the dog, such as the head or the abdomen, pelvis, and pelvic limb. This allows progressive dissection of a region without jumping from one area of the body to another. The illustrations are the best feature of this book, and they are accurate, clear, and easy to follow. The figures are in color, which allows clear separation of body systems such as vascular structures and the nervous system. The text thoroughly describes not only the anatomy, but also the function of different structures such as the origin, insertion, action, and innervation of separate muscles.
Assessment: This has been one of my most used textbooks since my first exposure to the fourth edition during veterinary school. It still finds regular use as it provides easy access to pertinent surgical anatomy in a compact volume. This edition expands greatly on prior editions with the introduction of color illustrations and information on live dog palpation which is of particular use to veterinary students.