The Equine Distal Limb: An Atlas of Clinical Anatomy and Comparative Imaging
Jean-Marie Denoix

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The Equine Distal Limb

The author of this comprehensive anatomy atlas is the world's leading anatomist of the equine musculoskeletal system and has become one of the foremost equine diagnostic ultrasonographers. Offering clinical anatomy of the foot, pastern and fetlock, correlated with radiographic images, diagnostic ultrasonography, and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), the Equine Distal Limb is unmatched in its coverage of the topic.

I have often felt that unless one were board certified in radiology or had amassed hours of CE on the interpretation of radiographs, that one would be far better off referring the film to a specialist. I personally have attended radiology CE and come away with the feeling that one needs to devote a great deal of time to the finesse of reading film in order to achieve even passable skill—more time than the average clinician might have in a busy practice.

This book educates the reader concerning the interpretation of radiographs, ultrasonographs, and MRI images, and might very well bring the equine practitioner to a high level of skill concerning the equine distal limb.

Anatomical specimens presented in this book were prepared using various techniques of fine dissection performed on fresh limbs, as well as on limbs injected with colored latex into the vessels and/or synovial cavities of joints or tendon sheaths. The anatomical cross-sections were made at regular intervals in the three complementary planes of the space, after injection of colored latex.

The purpose of this book is to feature a direct source of information based on real, fresh anatomical specimens very close to live anatomy. It provides reference images of the foot, pastern and fetlock—the most commonly involved areas in equine locomotor problems. The reference images include dissections, segmental anatomic sections, and diagnostic images (radiographs and ultrasound scans, as well as MRI scans). Following the general approach of morphological sciences, based on relationships of anatomical structures and a direct analogy between images, no text is provided, but there is precise and complete labeling for each specimen of cross-section. The large page size (10" x 12") allows the dissections and comparative films to be shown in clear detail. On many of the pages, a line drawing in the bottom left corner illustrates the area of focus, enabling the reader to accurately orient the view. Each chapter opens with a superb full-color anatomic drawing by the author.

This is one of those books that will never go out of date. Imaging techniques may improve, but anatomy will remain the same. This atlas is essential for anyone involved in detailed anatomic study, the evaluation of complex lameness, or advanced imaging techniques.

Blackwell Publishing (2000).

ISBN: 978-1-84076-001-9.

Reviewed 01/02/2001.


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Date Published: January 2, 2001

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