Large Animal Internal Medicine, 4th Edition features a problem-based approach with discussions of over 150 clinical signs. This is the first internal medicine reference that enables you to efficiently diagnose horses, cattle, sheep, and goats based on clinical observation and laboratory and diagnostic testing. With this user-friendly format, you can find essential information about specific diseases and reach a diagnosis by simply identifying the signs.
• A unique problem-based approach with discussions of over 150 clinical signs and manifestations helps you quickly reach a diagnosis based on observations and laboratory tests.
• Causes of Presenting Signs boxes provide easy access to complete lists of common, less common, and uncommon diseases associated with manifestations or signs of disease.
• Complete lists of diseases associated with a given lab abnormality in Causes of Abnormal Laboratory Values boxes help you easily interpret abnormalities in clinical chemistry, hematology, blood proteins, and clotting tests.
• An expert team of over 180 authors contributing information in their areas of expertise ensures you are using the most accurate and up-to-date information available.
• Color plates accompanying Diseases of the Eye and Diseases of the Alimentary Tract enable you to visually recognize the clinical appearance of ophthalmologic conditions and alimentary tract disorders for quick and easy diagnosis and treatment.
Six all-new chapters provide in-depth coverage of diagnostic testing, critical care and fluid therapy, biosecurity and infection control, and genetic disorders.
Reviewer:Dusty W. Nagy, DVM, MS(University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine)
Description:This extensive book covers the internal medicine of both equine and ruminant species, using 56 consulting editors and 182 contributing authors. The previous edition was published in 1996. There are seven sections divided into 50 chapters.
Purpose:The book fills an important niche, as there are relatively few available that cover both equine and ruminant species. The book focuses more heavily on medicine of equine and cattle, although the coverage of sheep and goat medicine is improved over previous editions.
Audience:It is designed to be a reference covering medical conditions of large animal species for the practicing veterinarian. It is suitable for any large animal practitioner or veterinary student needing a reference for large animal internal medicine subjects. The information is sufficiently detailed to be a reference for practicing internists and it is understandable enough to serve as a detailed source of information for veterinary students.
Features:A wide range of physiologic, pathologic, and toxicologic conditions of large animal species during all phases of life is covered. The information is current and includes many newer diseases. The section on preventive medicine and therapeutics is timely as the profession focuses more on prevention of disease processes rather than simply treating them once they arise. The section on sample collection and test interpretation is particularly valuable to the practitioner because it discusses diseases that may cause particular abnormalities. With most books, you must know the disease before information can be found regarding abnormal test results. Each chapter contains tables, charts, and figures that greatly enhance the written material. One particularly useful feature are the differential diagnosis tables. These give a list of possible differential diagnoses, ordered by commonality, for clinical signs present in the patient. The book has few shortcomings. For the pure food animal practitioner, the coverage of small ruminants may not be adequate and there is no information on swine. It is also occasionally difficult to locate specific information, as some subjects are covered in varying degrees of depth in different sections.
Assessment:This is a good book for practitioners and veterinary students alike. It also provides information in a detailed enough fashion to be a reference for residents and internists. It is fairly unique in its field as it covers equine and ruminant species. It is stronger in equine medicine than Veterinary Medicine: A Textbook of the Diseases of Cattle, Sheep, Pigs, Goats, and Horses, 9th Edition, by Radostits, et al. (W. B. Saunders, 2000). The inclusion of more illustrations and coverage of new and emerging diseases warrants the new edition.