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Can Vet J. 2010 April; 51(4): 379.
PMCID: PMC2839825

Techniques in Large Animal Surgery, 3rd edition

Reviewed by James L. Carmalt, MA, VetMB, MVetSc, MRCVS, DABVP(Eq), DACVS

Hendrickson DA, ed. Blackwell Publishing Professional, Ames, Iowa, USA. 2007. 312 pp. ISBN 978-0-7817-8255-5. $119.99 

This classic surgical text has been updated and revised in the new edition. While the chapter order remains the same, new sections within certain chapters have been added.

The chapter on anesthesia has been updated, as has the section on instrumentation, and instruments that are less frequently used have been removed. The skin grafting chapter has been extended and now includes tunnel grafting and random pattern flaps as well as post-operative bandaging and graft care. The chapter dealing with suture materials and needles has been expanded and includes a table of commonly used suture material which is easy to read and allows rapid comparison between different suture types. Similarly the knots and ligatures section has been improved.

Advances in surgery, including arthroscopy for carpal joint surgery, laparoscopy for cryptorchidectomy, and laser techniques as they pertain to upper airway surgery are discussed.

This 3rd edition has the feel of a textbook, with important underlying principles as well as the technical step-by-step descriptions of how to perform the procedures, rather than simply being a technical manual. The illustrations, as with previous editions are a major plus. These, combined with the fact that this is a large animal surgical text (not simply equine) set it apart from other texts in this field and make this book well worth the purchase price.


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