Review: Clinical Medicine of the Dog and Cat (Second Edition)

Clinical medicine of the dog and cat second edition - michael schaer

Clinical Medcine of the Dog and Cat by Michael Schaer

First impressions on receiving the book were that it was heavier and thicker than I was expecting, and just from the front cover you realise the level of care taking in the presentation of information. The book is provided in hardcover, and printed onto high quality paper to ensure that the image quality is there.

Over the past couple of months since I got this book it has become indispensable. I can easily use it to reference a condition to get the essentials quickly without added “fluff” that some books like to add. This is backed up by full colour images to reference – for someone that has not the experience to have seen everything before this is essential and something I have found really useful.

Overall there is barely a single point throughout the entire book that is not backed up by a relevant and useful image or illustration – going from the image labels there are apparently 1516 total within the book. I believe an image really is worth 1000 words – especially where a concept may otherwise be difficult to explain – and within this book these fit perfectly to the text.

Looking inside clinical medicine of the dog and cat second edition

The book is well organised into chapters based around different body systems, with additional chapters on infectious diseases, fluid therapy and pain management. Each chapter starts with a quick review of the topic, flow charts and easy reference tables highlighting key diagnostic points and differentials along with potential treatment paths. Each potential condition and disorder within the body system is then covered with the etiology, pathophysiology, clinical presentation, differentials, diagnosis and treatment and management.

Once you are past the introduction within the chapters the diseases and conditions are covered almost in dictionary format. Where appropriate these are split across subdivision in the chapters, for example haematology has subdivisions for erythrocyte disorders, leukocyte disorders, abnormal nuclear morphology, platelet disorders, dysplastic disorders and haemopoietic disorders. Something that is not essential but may have been useful here is a contents list with page numbers for the different subdivisions with the chapters

Great care has been taken to make the information within this book easily and quickly accessible and it would be a worthwhile addition to any vet students library (or as in my case locker for use in clinic)!

 

REVIEW: Pocket Handbook of Small Animal Medicine (Kit Sturgess)

Pocket handbook of Small Animal Medicine (Kit Sturgess)

As a vet student this lab-coat pocket sized book is perfect as a quick reference to clinical exams with flow charts covering many of the common presenting complaints organised by organ system and with a section on emergency procedures is very good. When combined with a copy of the BSAVA Procedures Guide – this book does not describe how to do the procedures listed – it is absolutely unbeatable.

The book itself is split into 5 separate sections – Basic Approaches, Clinical Presentation, Body System and Multisystemic Disease, Anaesthesia Analgesia and Surgery, and Critical Care. Each section tries to cover the most common presentations, though sometimes such as with the section on dental disease it feels like it has been simplified too much to be useful.

Other sections are absolutely spot-on with clear, concise summaries, diseases listed by area and lists of useful drugs, routes and dosages. The flow charts within the book form quick and easy to follow protocols from common presentations such as Jaundice, Anaemia, Pyrexia through to the critical care sections which includes protocols for collapse, seizures and urinary obstruction. I especially find useful the section on Anaesthesia and Analgesia as these are two areas any vet student will struggle with and this section is especially well written with easy drug references.

Other than the misplaced chapter on dental disease the biggest problem that I have had with this book so far is that it does not contain anything on euthanasia which I feel is something that should have been included. In fact I only noticed this during a euthanasia when I wanted to check if there was any difference in dosage (studying abroad included instructions are written in Slovak) for a giant breed dog.

There have been a few pocket reference books for vets published recently, however from all the books I have had the pleasure of looking at this one would be my choice even though it is slightly larger at DL size.