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Corley K, Stephen J, eds. Blackwell Publishing, Chichester, United Kingdom, 2008. 736 pp. ISBN 978-1-4051-3016-5. $167.99 CDN.
The equine hospital manual is long overdue. This complete text takes the equine clinician from the planning stages of hospital design and organization to diagnosing and treating a variety of conditions. The book is broken into clearly definable chapters (for example, procedures in the adult horse and procedures in the neonatal foal) which are informative and easy to read. Systems based monitoring and treatment sections allow rapid access to the information and the appendices contain a wealth of useful information on subjects ranging from normal drug doses and blood gas analysis to normal/abnormal values for peritoneal, pleural, cerebrospinal, and joint fluids. Diagnostic tests, such as for pituitary pars intermedia dysfunction and the oral glucose tolerance test are also explained in step-wise fashion. The book chapters are well referenced and the images used are of good quality. This is, however, not a book for those in the profession that are adverse to significant amounts of text. This needs to be read, not skimmed in order to obtain all of the useful information!