Case Studies In Small Animal
Reviews of "Small Animal Cardiovascular Medicine"
Small Animal Cardiovascular Medicine
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.
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
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)
Professor, Colorado State University
Reviewer: Sheila M.
McCullough, DVM, MS, ACVIM (University of Illinois College of Veterinary
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!
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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