EQUINE RESPIRATORY MEDICINE AND SURGERY
This first edition book is designed to be a fully comprehensive, state-of-the-art text to students, clinicians and scientists. It aims to highlight the progress made in out knowledge over the past fifteen years. It describes the many ways in which this system can fall short or fail completely. Seven hundred A4 sized pages are devoted to the current veterinary understanding of equine respiratory physiology and pathology, disease diagnosis and treatment. Fifty-five contributors provide for a wealth of knowledge, a spread of perspective and a range of styles across the chapters. Of the editors, two are UK-based, two USA-based; two are acknowledged experts in medicine and two in surgery.
The opening sections cover âBasic Sciencesâ, âDiagnostic techniquesâ and Therapeutics and infectious diseaseâ. The detail of physiology, immunology, pathology, pharmacology, blood gas analysis and pulmonary function testing may be of interest only to the academic specialist. The sections on clinical examination, collection of samples, radiography, ultrasonography, scintigraphy, endoscopy, the treadmill and therapy are highly relevant to the veterinary practitioner.
Infectious disease is part, perhaps an increasing part, of everyday equine practice life. Horses and their ailments travel ever further and more frequently. This section is particularly topical at present.
Disorders specific to the upper respiratory tract, thorax and to foals are then explored in greater detail. All the respiratory disease conditions and treatments commonly encountered by this reviewer are considered. âRoutineâ surgical procedures such as laryngoplasty (the âtie-backâ are again described alongside more novel approaches â a full chapter is devoted to the advent of laser surgery. Photographs, anatomical diagrams, boxes and tables are strategically positioned through the text to illustrate techniques, summarise findings and emphasise vital facts. Each chapter is extensively referenced, mostly to post-1990 material.
I could readily imagine consulting this book during the course of an endoscopic examination for laryngeal grading, when considering differentials for a set of clinical signs, or when encountering a complication during a surgical procedure. I can equally see this book as a comprehensive source for more considered study. It provides a thorough overview of the functioning of the equine respiratory tract as well as detailed specifics on disease and disordered â how to diagnose and how to treat. Those seeking even further knowledge can always track the references to source.
Reviewed by Joe Collins for The Irish Veterinary Journal, Volume 60 Number 5