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Small animal Soft Tissue Surgery, 2nd edition
In the preface the author claims that the book provides a ‘broad overview of small animal soft tissue surgery’. However, I found the word 'overview' is perhaps not the most appropriate reflection of the content!
The entire book is written in a question-and-answer format, with clinical cases, illustrated with a picture, a brief clinical history and from time to time some information about the clinical examination. This is followed by one, two or three questions about the case. The answers can be found on the next page.
On every page, two clinical cases are presented, without any link between them. For example, case 5 deals with pruritus in a cat with aural hematoma and case 6 is an X-ray of a shoulder with an osteosarcoma, questioning where to take the biopsy... While this may reflect the ‘real life’ situation in practice, it is not very easy to use if you want to brush up on a certain topic or technique.
In all, the book contains 212 illustrated cases. There is a great variety of subjects without any kind of classification regarding the degree of difficulty. There is a list of references with authors and articles in alphabetical order, but again it is not easy to find which articles refer to which case. It took me a while to find that there is an index with references to the case numbers. This allows looking up a particular case to find a surgical solution.
Nevertheless, there is a treasure of information in this book, with a lot of tips and tricks, even if it is not easy to use! I had to take the book several times in my hand in order to continue more then one page.
In my opinion this problem-based textbook is a great self-assessment tool for students with an interest in surgery. However, it is not of great use for those who expect a reference book of surgical techniques and approaches.
Ann Criel DVM, Belgium
Small Animal Surgical Emergencies
Surgery is often defined as the physical intervention on tissues. This definition creates a large misconception of what a surgeon’s work entails, as small animal surgery extends far beyond the bounds of just cutting. It involves a tightly woven net of anatomy, pathophysiology, clinical pathology, diagnostic imaging, internal medicine, critical care medicine and physiotherapy. In emergency situations a thorough understanding of critical care medicine for preoperative and postoperative management can determine a positive outcome.
The textbook Small Animal Surgical Emergencies fills a current gap in small animal surgical literature by giving a holistic approach to the emergency patient. The editor skillfully did this by combining the efforts of specialists in surgery and emergency and critical care for each chapter.
The book starts off with preoperative triage and stabilization of surgical patients that gives the reader the tools to prioritize, assess and stabilize critically ill patients.
The chapters are conveniently organized per organ system with a stepwise approach to preoperative stabilization, diagnosis, surgical techniques, postoperative patient care and expected complications. This concise practical approach makes the book easy to read and to the point. The textbook is supported by good quality illustrative images and drawings of relevant anatomy, diagnostic modalities, therapeutic and surgical techniques and intraoperative findings.
The clinician’s decision-making process for individual patients is stimulated and honed through algorithms and case studies incorporated into the chapters.
The book also comes with web access where the case studies, images and videos can be found.
Small Animal Surgical Emergencies should find a place on the shelf of all general practitioners with a special interest in surgery and critical care. Surgical residents will find this book especially useful to form themselves into good surgeons and as ancillary study material for board examinations.
Adriaan Kitshoff BVSc (Hons), MSc, Dipl ECVS
BSAVA Manual of Canine and Feline Ophthalmology, 3rd Edition
This is the book that all practitioners with an interest in ophthalmology should have – although most probably already have a copy of an earlier edition! David Gould and Gillian J. McLellan are worldwide recognised veterinary ophthalmologist. Together with a group of co-authors, they wrote 21 chapters.
It’s been twelve years since last edition of BSAVA Manual of Canine and Feline Ophthalmology book was published. The new edition is fully updated and has been rewritten to encompass all the major advances that have developed over this time.
The first section covers eye examination, diagnostic imagine of the eye and orbit plus description of every single part of the eye (the orbit and globe, the eyelids, the lacrimal system, the conjunctiva and third eyelid, the cornea, sclera, episclera and limbus, the uveal tract, lens, vitreous and fundus). Each chapter not only includes a description of embryology, anatomy and physiology pertaining to the appropriate part of the eye, but also a list of practical information on common causes of conditions, abnormalities, disorders and diseases, as well as a list of differential diagnoses and a short overview of updated treatment.
The second section covers the laboratory investigation of ophthalmic diseases, diagnosis and control of inherited eye diseases. The hereditary eye disease chapter reviews the British, European and North-American eye disease control schemes. David Gould and Simon Petersen-Jones describe the increasing number and availability of genetics test for canine inherited eye diseases. DNA test are not only used to confirm clinical diagnosis but also to predict the future risk of disease.
The next part discusses the anaesthetic approach to the ophthalmic patient, analgesia and anaesthesia including the principles of eye surgery. Readers will find useful tips for intraoperative monitoring and postoperative care. Adequate guidance is also provided on when to refer.
Another part discusses neuro-ophthalmology, disorders of vision, pupillary size, position and movement of the eyelids, globe and lacrimation. This is followed by a discussion of the diseases and syndromes in which ophthalmic manifestation of systemic diseases can occur.
The final chapter is a problem-oriented approach to common ophthalmic presentations and presents a series of algorithms for a structured approach to the work-up of some common ophthalmic presentations.
In this new edition, the reader will find clear, easily understandable text, tables and figures; it comes in full colour with more than 650 images and illustrations. Hundreds of new scientific references have been added.
Regardless if you are a student, newly qualified or an experienced veterinary surgeon in general practice or colleague with a special interest in veterinary ophthalmology, this manual is easy to use and provides important information, practical tips, guidelines and strategies.
In conclusion, the BSAVA Manual of Canine and Feline Ophthalmology is an excellent book in a format that is easy to use in the consulting room and for future reading. I strongly recommend having it!
Jiri Beranek, DVM, PhD (Czech Republic)
President, European Society of Veterinary Ophthalmologists
Volume 26(2), Summer 2016