The Chickens Fight Back
Reviewed by Scott D. Fitzgerald, DVM, PhD, DACVP
The author is a veterinary epidemiologist who has spent the past 25 to 30 years criss-crossing the globe in search of zoonotic diseases in an effort to understand and control them. This book benefits from his wealth of field experience and longtime interest in ecosystem health and the interrelatedness of animal and human health, agricultural practices, environmental degradation, and local cultural practices. This book contains much first-hand experience gained during the author's travels to many exotic locales as part of missions for Veterinarians without Borders. The writing style is entertaining and often humorous but still packed with numerous details of the organisms and diseases that are being investigated.
This is not a veterinary textbook, but instead is more of a popular primer directed toward a wider audience of readers interested in current zoonotic diseases. As such, veterinary medical students and practicing veterinarians may enjoy this book as well as a wide array of medical personnel, ecologists, public health workers, and general lay public. The book is arranged into 17 chapters that are bundled into 6 major sections. These sections include introductory material, diseases people acquire from mammals and insects, diseases people acquire from birds, diseases people acquire from bats and rats, diseases people acquire from pets and livestock, and a summary section on what does the information mean and what can we do about zoonotic diseases. These chapters are relatively brief (7 to 25 pages), clearly written, and sufficiently self-contained that they can be read one at a time or in random order, depending on each reader's preferences. For readers interested in a nontechnical, up-to-date account of emerging zoonotic disease, this is the book for you.—By David Waltner-Toews. 246 pages; illustrated. Douglas & McIntyre Publishing Group, 2323 Quebec St, Ste 201, Vancouver, BC V5T 4S7, Canada. ISBN 978-1-55365-270-0. 2007. Price $17.95.
Introduction to Veterinary and Comparative Forensic Medicine
Reviewed by Ana Alcaraz, DVM, PhD, DACVP
Pathology of Laboratory Rodents and Rabbits (3rd edition)
Reviewed by René Meisner, DVM, DACVP
In recognition of the prevalent use of mice in research, the most notable evolution in this edition is the expansion of the first chapter on mice, which includes a brief overview of the most commonly used strains and lists of additional online and print references that can be used to facilitate tracking down unique phenotypes for the boundless variety of genetically engineered strains.
The overall organization of the new version is the same as in the preceding versions. Chapters are on each species and subdivided by etiology. For infectious etiologies, there is a further breakdown of epizootiology and pathogenesis, pathology, diagnosis, and importance. The organization of the index has been revised to eliminate separation by species. Whether this is more or less helpful is likely a personal preference. Throughout the text, the addition of newly recognized pathogens can be found. The additional photographs of gross lesions and increased size of most photographs are improvements appreciated by this reviewer.—By Dean H. Percy & Stephen W. Barthold. 325 pages; illustrated. Blackwell Publishing, 2121 State Ave, Ames, IA 50014-8300. ISBN 978-0-8138-2101-6. 2007. Price $124.99.
Veterinary Comparative Hematopathology
Reviewed by Mary Anna Thrall, DVM, MS, DACVP
Bears: Health and Management
Reviewed by Christine V. Fiorello, DVM, PhD, DACZM
The CD contains an immense amount of information and references, which is organized by species and disease. It seems to be geared more toward husbandry and rehabilitation staff than toward veterinarians, but those veterinarians who treat bears occasionally will find it helpful. Data are provided in a consistent format, thus facilitating comparisons among species. Photographs are provided for each bear species and for many topics, although the quality and usefulness of the photographs vary and photographs are notably lacking for some topics (such as parasitic agents). Many relevant documents in PDF format are also included, such as guidelines and reports from governmental and international agencies. Two flowcharts (1 on husbandry and 1 on diseases) are placed prominently on the title page, but the link to one of these is invalid. For some topics, general information pertaining to zoo mammals is provided first, with specific considerations for bears at the end. Each section contains a summary, which is followed by details listed in bullet format. This is somewhat repetitive but makes it quite easy to find specific content.
The CD is a fairly complete reference, but it does have some disadvantages. The number of invalid links is disappointing, especially given the price of the CD. Another flaw is the references, which are organized in a rather cumbersome and inefficient way. However, I believe that, overall, the authors have achieved their goal, and those working with captive bears will find this a useful addition to their library.—By Debra C. Bourne & Gracia Vila-Garcia. 1 CD-ROM; illustrated. Wildlife Information Network, The Royal Veterinary College, Royal College St, London, NW1 0TU, England. ISBN 978-0-9551628-2-4. 2008. Price $89.95.
Techniques in Large Animal Surgery (3rd edition)
Review by Earl M. Gaughan, DVM, DACVS
Handbook of Veterinary Pain Management (2nd edition)
Reviewed by Alicia Z. Karas, DVM
Slightly bigger and much heavier with a larger font size and improved demarcation of text boxes, the second edition lies open on a desk more easily than does its predecessor, which makes it easier to read. Chapter formats vary from entirely outline and bullet points to well-written text; chart or table formats are enhanced by shading, and photographs, figures, and diagrams supplement the chapters. There is new content from a dozen additional authors and 8 new chapters, including chapters on analgesia in cats, birds, reptiles, and ferrets and rabbits. Nonpharmacologic methods of pain relief are covered in a chapter on complementary and alternative veterinary medicine and in chapters on canine and feline rehabilitation. Two new chapters on quality of life and hospice and palliative care are a testament to the evolving nature of veterinary pain medicine.
This textbook represents an extraordinary effort to be an all-inclusive text, and as such, it should be useful to veterinary medical students, technicians, general practitioners, and specialists, including laboratory animal veterinarians. It is definitely worth replacing the first edition with this edition, particularly for a small animal practice that treats exotic patients. In many cases, the book can be quickly consulted to obtain a dose or a fact; in other cases, it is necessary to read portions of several chapters to obtain information on a new technique. The book is adequately indexed. Although many nonpharmacologic techniques are described in various chapters, the case examples could incorporate more of such modalities (application of ice to surgical sites or nutraceutical use in animals with chronic pain) to illustrate their use. Adding chapters on exotic pets has helped temper the inevitable species bias; in approximately the first 22 chapters, nearly all authors write from a perspective of treating dogs or cats. In this second edition, the sole chapter on pain management in large animals has been expanded from horses to horses and cattle. If large animals and other species are slighted, it is not because of a lack of the editors' concern for horses or farm animals, but more from a general lack of information and research and specific limitations in those species. The development of cutting-edge pain-management techniques for canine and feline patients has progressed to a far greater degree than for other animal species. This textbook is as progressive as it can be, and it is definitely worth the cost.—By James S. Gaynor & William W. Muir III. 641 pages; illustrated. Elsevier-Mosby, 11830 Westline Industrial Dr, St Louis, MO 63146. ISBN 978-0-323-04679-4. 2009. Price $56.95.
Small Animal Veterinary Nerdbook (3rd edition)
Reviewed by Richard K. Martin DVM, DACVIM
BSAVA Manual of Canine and Feline Dentistry (3rd edition)
Reviewed by Ben H. Colmery III, DVM, DACVDC
The explanations for various medical disorders of the oral cavity are thorough, although there is an error involving Bartonella henselae, the causative agent of human cat scratch fever in felids. The author states that Haemobartonella henselae is a parasitic disease that does not appear to be involved with inflammatory disease in the mouth of cats. Haemobartonella felis is the organism involved in feline infectious anemia. Bartonella henselae is a gram-negative, fastidious, intracellular bacterium that is emerging as an important player in disease in cats. Other than this, the overall medical management of animals with oral cavity disease represents the current thoughts in the veterinary dental field. The outstanding features of the textbook include the chapters on oral surgery and extraction techniques. In addition, the chapters on instrumentation and operator safety and health considerations are particularly useful. This book should be an extremely useful reference for the recognition and treatment of typical oral conditions in small animals examined by veterinary practitioners.— By Cedric Tutt, Judith Deeprose, & David Crossley. 204 pages; illustrated. Blackwell Publishing, 2121 State Ave, Ames, IA 50014-8300. ISBN 978-0-905214-87-0. 2007. Price $149.99.