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Small Animal Cardiovascular Medicine

by Mark D. Kittleson and Richard D. Kienle

Published by: Mosby Inc. 603 pages; 834 illustrations; 1998         

This textbook fills a previous void in the veterinary market for a comprehensive text of small animal cardiovascular medicine.  In addition, the book is logically organized, well written, superbly illustrated, and extensively referenced.  The authors’ stated intent was to provide a text that would be useful to students, interns, residents, general practitioners, and specialists in disciplines other than cardiology.  Overall, they have done a commendable job constructing a text that is, indeed, useful to such a diverse audience.  However, the often lengthy discussions of pathophysiology may somewhat limit the usefulness of the text to a busy general practitioner seeking a concise synopsis, and addition of a cardiovascular formulary would make the text a more useful clinical reference.

This text contains several excellent basic chapters covering embryology, anatomy, physiology, physical examination, radiography, electrocardiography, echocardiography, and cardiac catheterization.  Following these basic chapters are various general chapters discussing a range of topics including arrhythmias, antiarrhythmic agents, pathophysiology and management of congestive heart failure, syncope, and thromboembolic complications.  Included also is a useful and unique chapter focusing on classification of heart disease according to functional mechanism.

There are additional chapters presenting major congenital and acquired cardiovascular diseases. Each of these chapters includes discussion of prevalence, pathophysiology, clinical features, management, and prognosis.  High quality photographs, primarily echocardiographic and radiographic, are included to illustrate and reinforce textual information. In addition, the book contains 120 color photos, many of which are post-mortem specimens and color Doppler images.  It is somewhat unfortunate that these color images are grouped collectively into three distinct sections of the book rather than being included with the appropriate textual discussions. However, this is a minor criticism considering the overall quality of the text and its illustrations.

As pointed out by the authors in their preface, much of the practice of veterinary cardiology is based on anecdotal evidence and extrapolation from human cardiology rather than on data from controlled clinical studies.  Consequently, there are many controversial aspects of diagnosis and management in this specialty.  In general, the authors have succeeded in identifying these controversies and presenting both sides of an issue.  The authors have actually done an admirable job of considering varying views and approaches and, ultimately, presenting recommendations based upon their interpretation of available data as well as upon their personal clinical experience.

 In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king.” (Old Scottish Proverb)

Janice M. Bright, BSN, MS, DVM

Diplomate ACVIM (Internal Medicine & Cardiology)

Associate Professor, Colorado State University



From Barnes and Noble's Web Site

Reviewer: Sheila M. McCullough, DVM, MS, ACVIM (University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine)
Description: This is an excellent resource for the practicing veterinarian that describes all facets of cardiovascular medicine from embryology to effects of systemic disease on cardiac function. Examples of two-dimensional color flow Doppler echocardiographic images and other excellent pictorials are impressive features.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a cardiology resource that would serve the needs of students, practicing and post-graduate clinical veterinarians, veterinary specialists, and cardiology residents. This book succeeds in achieving these goals. The authors are excellent authorities on this subject.
Audience: According to the authors, this book is written for students, practitioners, and specialists.
Features: It supplies up-to-date information on the majority of cardiovascular diseases and congenital problems. In addition, the end of each chapter contains a list of references for the reader to probe further. Special features include multiple color flow, two-dimensional Doppler images as well as other pictorial explanations. This feature alone makes it an enjoyable read. A minor drawback to this text is the small type.
Assessment: In my opinion, this is an excellent medical resource for students, faculty, and practitioners. It has been well planned and written and compares favorably with other cardiovascular texts that are in print. This is a comprehensive review of basic and advanced cardiovascular medicine and is a worthy addition to any veterinary library.



From Amazon's Web Site

Michelle Lee

While taking my cardiology class during my second year of vet school, this book came in very handy. Although my syllabus (which was at least the size of this book) provided the same information, Small Animal Cardiovascular Medicine provided clearer explanations and illustrations that I could read over and over again.

It filled in many of the gaps I had in my understanding of topics, and, after taking a VIN class with Dr. Kittleson, I can honestly say that this is one of the most concise references you can have. He is a very receptive teacher, and it is really reflected in this text. Highly recommended as THE reference for cardiology!


B. H.

This is one excellent textbook. Concepts are well developed in the beginning chapters of the book. As the book progresses, and specific disease processes are addressed, conceptual application of previous topics is well integrated with additional information regarding everything from physical examination findings to treatment modalities. The end result is an excellent textbook of small animal cardiovascular medicine.


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