This text continues on in the format of the previous five editions. It is a multi-author book comprising chapters on clinical pharmacology, medico-legal, nutrition, behaviour, infectious disease, the cardiovascular system, the gastrointestinal system, the musculoskeletal system, the nervous system, the eye, integument, endocrine and urogenital systems, reproduction, the foal and a miscellaneous chapter covering the geriatric horse, chronic weight loss, stem cell therapy, laser equipment, hyperbaric oxygen therapy and maintenance of horses in a sling among others. There is also a table of common drugs and the approximate doses as well as normal clinical pathology data.
The text is well illustrated with a small number of black and white photographs, diagrams and images and 31 colour plates in nearly 1000 pages of print. Each chapter is written by an expert in that field, the information provided if of a high standard and generally comprehensive. There are no references cited in the text however there is a short list of suggested further reading provided in each chapter as well as some websites to explore.
Earlier versions of the text tended to cover selected topics within each body system which required the reader to have multiple editions in order to have all aspects of equine medicine covered. This sixth edition however seems to cover most aspects of equine medicine as well as many areas of basic surgery and diagnostic imaging, although the editors advise for complete coverage the fourth and fifth editions should be consulted.
There are some sections that are not normally covered in equine texts. For example “Assessing Saddle fit in Performance Horses”, “Biochemical tests for cardiovascular injury”, “Anaesthetic at high altitude” and “The silicosis and osteoporosis syndrome” which make for interesting night time reading. There is also good coverage of many newer areas, particularly those involving nuclear magnetic resonance imaging. Continue reading Current Therapy In Equine Medicine 6