Textbook of Veterinary Internal Medicine, 6th Edition, Volume 1
Stephen J. Ettinger, DVM, DACVIM; Edward C. Feldman, DVM, DACVIM

VSPN Review by Michelle L. Miller, BS, CVT Star
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Textbook of Veterinary Internal Medicine, 6th Edition, Volume 1, was published in 2005 and compiled by Drs. Ettinger and Feldman as a reference book for veterinarians in the field of internal medicine. The comprehensive Volume 1 covers an overview of clinical manifestations and discuss specific disease processes broken down by bodily function.

There are ten sections in this volume, starting with a discussion on basic physical exams and the preliminary findings. It is cleverly broken down into a general physical exam section moving systematically through the body; skin, physique, urogenital, gastrointestinal, neurological, cardio-respiratory and chemical. Each subsection systematically breaks down the area discussing common findings with algorithms on finding a definitive diagnosis. Within these subsections is found separate canine and feline headings to further break down the information as needed. Overall, this reference book is set up in a way to make it easy to find what the professional is looking for.

Further sections discuss toxicology, medical techniques, critical care, blood pressure, therapeutic considerations, dietary challenges, infectious diseases, cancer and neurological concerns. Subsections are thorough, written by a variety of experts in that area of veterinary medicine and complete with helpful algorithms and information that specifically points out where previously held beliefs have been scientifically proven to be different.

While the authors presented solid, well versed sections and therefore, subsections seen in veterinary internal medicine; authors challenged popular beliefs such as Chapter 187 by Drs. Moore and Affolter on histiocytic diseases (see concluding remarks, page 782). Within this chapter the authors argued that "systemic and cutaneous histiocytosis should not be considered in separate categories and pointing out that clinical behavior is widely different in both groups (histiocytic malignancies and histiocytosis)".

Although I personally found this reference book to be a wealth of knowledge, technicians may find limited value in the book on a day-to-day basis. One highlight is the lab references on the front cover of the book. While a technician should always strive to gain knowledge; through virtue of not prescribing any treatment plan, the book functions as a resource to understand what the clinician has planned and why. Although reading an internal medicine reference book can take some time to digest, it was well versed with known veterinarians in their field and enjoyable to read. Most helpful was the algorithms that were easy to find and to follow. I thoroughly enjoyed the technique section that discussed techniques for most non-surgical procedures. The placement of this chapter however may be better suited at the end of the textbook or perhaps the beginning after the first section.

Some areas where I was challenged to keep my focus in the book were minor. In the first chapter, the tenses change from third to first person, this may have masked some of the impartial expert statement that the chapter was aiming for. While trying to remain impartial, I would have liked a little more in the area of dietary needs – because the book is easy to use as a reference manual, it was testing to not be able to easily find the calculations of a patients caloric intake needs. And on that same thought, there was little regarding cancer and diet, if only a blurb to discuss why there is no data to support the use of special diets. Having said that, I read this section twice to not miss anything!

No facility should be without this book. The information presented in this volume covers a large range of topics that are seen in daily practice, specialty facilities and emergency hospitals. New graduates and those that have been practicing for several years alike can benefit from the algorithms and charts describing the symptoms and what to look for next. An invaluable resource!

See review for Textbook of Veterinary Internal Medicine, 6th Edition, Volume 2.

Published by Elsevier/Saunders: St. Louis, Missouri (2005).

Hardcover, 912 pages.

ISBN-13: 978-0-7216-0117-5.

(Editor's note: See also Guest review for Textbook of Veterinary Internal Medicine, Sixth Edition & E-dition.)


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Introduction
Alternative Medicine
Anatomy
Anesthesia/Analgesia
Animal Welfare
Aquatic/Fish
Avian
Behavior
Camelids
Canine
Cardiology
Client Education
Cytology / Hematology / Histology
Dental
Dermatology
Dictionary/Reference
Drugs/Pharmacology
Emergency Med
Endocrine
Epidemiology
Equine
Ethics
Exotics
Feline
Food Animals/Livestock
General
Genetics
Geriatrics
Handling & Restraint
Human-Animal Bond
Imaging & Radiology
Immunology
Infectious Diseases
Internal Medicine
 
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Clinical Med. Dog Cat 2nd Ed.
 
Differential Diagnosis SA
 
SA Diagnosis 3rd Ed. (VSPN Review)
 
Small Animal Internal Medicine for Veterinary Technicians and Nurses
 
Textbook Internal 7th Ed.
 
* BSAVA Cases SA CD
 
* Common Disease (VSPN Review)
 
* Common Small Animal Diagnoses
 
* Kirk Procedures 7th Ed.
 
* Kirk Procedures 8th Ed.
 
* Kirk's Therapy XIII
 
* LA Int. Med. 3rd Ed.
 
* Lasers Med. Surgery
 
* SA Int. Med. 3rd Ed.
 
* Textbook Internal 6th E-d. (Guest Review)
 
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Laboratory Medicine
Microbiology
Multimedia
Neurology
Nutrition
Oncology
Ophthalmology
Orthopedics
Parasitology
Pathology
Pediatrics
Physiology
Physiotherapy
Practice Management
Primates
Rabbits, Rodents & Ferrets
Reproduction
Reptile/Amphibian
Research
Respiratory
Ruminants
Sheep/Goats
Shelter Medicine
Surgery
Swine
Technicians
Toxicology
Urology/Renal
Veterinary Education
Wildlife-Zoo Animals
Zoonoses

Date Published: August 24, 2009

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