Book Review: Veterinary Medicine - A textbook of the diseases of cattle, horses, sheep, pigs and goats

(10th Edition)
Editors: Radostits, O.M., Gay, C.C., Hinchcliff, K.W. and Constable, P.D.
calendar icon 1 June 2007
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Undoubtedly, this massive tome will become the reference manual for all forthcoming veterinary students and large animal practices, as its forerunner 'Blood and Henderson,' did for me 40 years ago.

It covers all major farmed species and is divided into two parts. Part 1 deals with General Medicine and the individual body's systems and Part 2 on Special Medicine covers infectious, metabolic, toxic and inheritable diseases. However, of particular interest are the sections on the pig, which have been written by our own Pig Journal chief scientific editor Prof. Stanley Done. There are exceptional reviews of the Porcine Reproductive Respiratory Syndrome (257 references), Post-weaning Multisystemic Wasting Syndrome (229 references), Pleuropneumonia (167 references) and Enzootic Pneumonia (a modest 136 references). Respiratory diseases have been his lifelong work and the results are reflected in these outstanding sections. Enteric diseases have not been overlooked, with Ileitis (102 references) Swine Dysentery (86 references) and even Colitis (58 references).

Other pig diseases and infections are broadly covered in the book and there is a useful Appendix (2) on reference laboratory values and uniquely, Appendix (4) on drug doses for pigs. The book is well indexed for finding out the relevant part or disease for the species in which you are interested.

It was particularly sad that the chief editor, Otto Radostits, died just before the publication of this book, but it will be a lasting tribute to his amazing effort to bring all this information into just one book and is of excellent value.

Book details:

Hardback - 2156 pages - in 36 chapters - 7 contributors
Publishing date: 2007
ISBN: 9780702027772
Price: £99.99 inclusive of P & P (5.1kg)

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