EJCAP Online 22(4), December 2012, English

13 Book Reviews

13 Book Reviews

Practical Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging,

2nd Edition

Suzanne Easton

Published by Wiley-Blackwell

Paperback 256 pages

ISBN: 978-0-470-65648-8

£34.99/Euro 41.90

This book covers in a clear and structured way the physics and essentials of radiology. Regardless of changes in technology and diagnostic modalities, the most important role of the radiographer remains unchanged, namely ensure the production of high quality images. This should be performed with a maximum of radiation protection for patients, staff and everyone involved. A good understanding of the physics and the basic principles of radiographic technology is essential.

The book contains 20 chapters and can be organised in 3 sections with each several chapters.

The 16 chapters in the first section cover technical aspects and radiographic principles, including physics, equipment requirements, radiation protection and practical implementation issues. The sections regarding screens, cassettes and processing the radiographic film provide important information. The section dealing with digital radiography, as routinely used in veterinary practise these days, is described in detail enabling the cliniciana to understand fully the principles of this procedure. Obtaining radiographic images of superior quality is of course the goal of every radiographer. The chapter dealing with this contains excellent information on the subject as well as describing commonly seen film faults and providing solutions to help improve the image quality. A very interesting chapter with useful information on contrast media is described. The chapters are very accessible and focussing on radiology principles.

The second part of the book describes radiographic positioning in small and large animals. The radiographic positions are presented with clear illustrations and show the reader in a practical way how radiographs of specific anatomical regions should be taken.

The last and third part of the book explains the other imaging modalities. There is a limited overview regarding ultrasound, fluoroscopy, CT and MRI and nuclear scintigraphy. It seems clear that the main purpose of this book is radiology and not the other imaging modalities.

The author has done well, giving a lot of information which will be useful for students and technologists. No colour pictures are featured, but this is not a lack in the context of the described content. The text is a accompanied by clear line drawings and images to illustrate the principles discussed. The presence of keypoints at the beginning of each chapter and the highlighting of important considerations is very useful.

Helpful references to relevant books are provided at the end of each chapter, making this work a guide for a course in the principles of radiology. Revision questions are featured at the end of each chapter enabling readers to check their knowledge.

It is a little disappointing that the title of the book doesn't really match the content as the book is mainly focused on radiology and not on diagnostic imaging in general. As far as the main content , radiology ,is concerned the book provides a excellent and practical tool for those studying and working in this field. The fact that the chapters are short, very structured and well-organised makes the book very useful.

Ingrid Gielen, DVM, PhD, MSc (B)

The BSAVA Manual of Canine and Feline Endocrinology, 4th Edition

Edited by by Carmel T. Mooney

and Mark E. Peterson

Published by BSAVA (May 2012)

Distributed by Wiley-Blackwell

Paperback 304 pages

ISBN: 978-905319-28-2

£ 80/Euro 96

BSAVA members should order from www.bsava.com for member prices

The fourth edition of the BSAVA Manual of Canine and Feline Endocrinology is a comprehensive up-to-date guide of the most common endocrine disorders. The editors provide a clinically-oriented text, which will serve veterinarians seeking practical advice, but will satisfy also the ones with a special interest in endocrinology.

In the Introduction of the manual, hormone assays and main principles of interpreting endocrine test results are addressed in a friendly, understandable way. The text is illustrated with endocrine examples, which will animate the clinically-oriented reader to comprehend those important basic principles.

In the main part of the manual, the disorders of endocrine glands are presented in a standard format, providing a good overview. Much attention has been given to new developments since the publication of the previous edition of the manual in 2004. Let me mention some: Trilostane therapy is introduced as the first choice in medical management of Cushing’s syndrome. The detailed treatment protocol and the overview of side effects of trilostane therapy provide an excellent guide for veterinarians who are not experienced with trilostane or ones who want to refresh their knowledge. In recent years, knowledge about feline hyperaldosteronism had grown enormously. In a new chapter, the diagnosis, treatment and clinical features of hyperaldosteronism are supported with illustrations and high quality photographs and will help veterinarians to recognize this still under-diagnosed disorder. The canine and feline diabetes mellitus chapters discuss not only the insulin registered for veterinary use, but also human recombinant types and human synthetic analogues, such as glargine and detemir. Dosing protocols of various insulin types including the advantages and disadvantages of each insulin therapy are much appreciated. In addition, home monitoring of glucose concentrations for dogs and cats is nicely illustrated and providing a web link for glucose monitoring is a very good idea.

The final sections are the investigations of most common complaints associated with endocrine disorders. Two separate chapters about the unstable diabetic cat and dog are of great interest and compatible with the main chapter about diabetes. A step-by-step approach to turn the diabetes management into a successful therapy will not take away the challenge of regulating the unstable diabetic, but will bring structure in the diabetes regulation process. Recently, an incidental finding of an adrenal mass during diagnostic imaging performed for other reasons, became a common problem. A guide through the differentials and further investigations in such cases is presented in a chapter of investigation of adrenal masses and is a valuable part of this new edition.

This manual reflects recent advances in canine and feline clinical endocrinology and applies them to the daily clinical practice. It is a friendly and accessible guide, especially when endocrinology seems complicated (and not only beautiful).

Assistant Professor Sara Galac PhD (NL)

The BSAVA Manual of Canine and Feline Dermatology,

3rd Edition

Edited by Hilary Jackson and Rosanna Marsella

Published by BSAVA (April 2012) Distributed by Wiley-Blackwell

Paperback 296 pages

ISBN: 978-1-905319-27-5

£ 89/Euro 106.80

BSAVA members should order from www.bsava.com for member prices

This is the third edition of a popular handbook already published in 1993 and 2003. This time the editors are two well-known European veterinary dermatologists, one having spent years in the USA (Dr Jackson, British) and one working in the USA (Dr Marsella, Italian). With their knowledge of the Veterinary Dermatology community, they have put together a group of competent authors, almost all of them being specialists in veterinary dermatology.

The first impression is that this is a dense, well-illustrated book. The quality of the paper is good and the layout is nice. The text is compact, with numerous tables and boxes some of which are long and highly detailed but with a smaller font. This renders the book less readable, but the advantage is the exhaustiveness of the scientific and clinical material. There are only a few spelling errors. Pictures, both clinical and microscopic, are numerous and of good quality, but some of them are small. The table of contents (32 chapters) and the index are comprehensive. Indeed an important feature of this manual is the number of chapters dedicated to the problem oriented approach.

The first 4 chapters are fundamental: structure and function of the skin, clinical approach, and diagnostic examinations, including dermatopathology.

The following 13 chapters are “approaches” to common clinical presentations: pruritus, keratinization disorders, pustules and crusting papules, erosions and ulcerations, nodules and draining sinus tracts, disorders of pigmentation, feline alopecia, canine focal and multifocal alopecia, canine symmetrical alopecia, diseases of the nasal planum and footpads (not always associated), otitis externa, diseases of the claws and claw folds, and diseases of the anal sacs. A comprehensive list! They include clinical signs and above all differential diagnosis, which is so important in practice. They will help clinicians to understand cases in particular clinical situations, which is the principle of such a “manual”.

The remaining 15 chapters deal with specific entities or groups of diseases, in a classical methodology including aetiology and pathogenesis, clinical presentation, diagnosis and therapy. However, the clinical approach to the conditions is comprehensive and can help a clinician confronted with a clinical case. This part includes atopic dermatitis and adverse food reactions, feline allergic skin disease, flea allergy dermatitis and its control (2 chapters), ectoparasitic diseases, staphylococcal pyoderma, dermatophytosis, Malassezia dermatitis, auto-immune and immune-mediated skin diseases, subcutaneous and deep infections, nutrient-responsive dermatoses, actinic dermatoses, neoplastic and paraneoplastic diseases and behavioural disorders. Thus a wide-ranging list of skin diseases is covered.

The book is dedicated to practitioners rather than to students, due to the large quantity of material included. However students particularly interested in dermatology will enjoy it. Clinicians interested in dermatology will like it as it is appropriate both for self-study and when help is needed in a particular clinical situation. This is the standard quality of BSAVA manuals. I recommend that this book be put on the clinic bookshelves of general practices, close to the other well-known BSAVA manuals.

Didier-Noël Carlotti, Dr Vét, Dip ECVD, DESV(F)

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Practical Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging, 2nd Edition

Suzanne Easton

Published by Wiley-Blackwell

Paperback 256 pages

ISBN: 978-0-470-65648-8

£34.99/Euro 41.90

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The BSAVA Manual of Canine and

Feline Endocrinology, 4th Edition

Edited by by Carmel T. Mooney and

Mark E. Peterson

Published by BSAVA (May 2012)

Distributed by Wiley-Blackwell

Paperback 304 pages

ISBN: 978-905319-28-2

£ 80/Euro 96

The BSAVA Manual of Canine and Feline Dermatology, 3rd Edition

Edited by Hilary Jackson and

Rosanna Marsella

Published by BSAVA (April 2012)

Distributed by Wiley-Blackwell

Paperback 296 pages

ISBN: 978-1-905319-27-5

£ 89/Euro 106.80

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