Equine Neurology
Edited by Martin Furr, DVM, DACVIM, PhD; Stephen Reed, DVM, MS, DACVIM

Review by Kathy Lyon Star
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Equine neurologic disease has become a routine part of the equine practice in recent years. The increase in equine sports and the advancement of equine medicine has combined into a much more common presentation. The study of equine neurology has improved in quality and scope in a relatively short time, taking advantage of better diagnostics and better treatments. Successes are much more frequent.

This volume attempts to integrate the fundamental concepts, and the numerous afflictions of the nervous system of the horse, into a concise, informative volume.

The first section discusses the foundations of clinical neurology necessary to understand neurologic illness. This includes such topics as neuroanatomy, the blood-brain barrier, and cerebrospinal fluid; inflammation of the nervous system; and the use of pharmaceuticals. Section two discusses various clinical presentations with a focus on evaluating the problem and constructing a list of potential rule-outs. This is followed by a discussion of specific clinical diagnoses that are found in Section three.

This book should be a working volume for the equine practice, and an excellent reference for veterinary students.

There are limited illustrations of salient points, including some very good EKG illustrations and explanations. There are excellent radiographs showing both disease and trauma. Some photos show gait abnormalities and head tilt issues.

Table of Contents

Section I: Foundations of Clinical Neurology

  • Chapter 1 - Organization of the Equine Nervous System
  • Chapter 2 - Cerebrospinal Fluid and the Blood Brain Barrier
  • Chapter 3 - Immunology of the Central Nervous System
  • Chapter 4 - Pharmaceutical Considerations for Treatment of Central Nervous System Disease

Section II: Clinical Equine Neurology

  • Chapter 1 - Neurologic Examination
  • Chapter 2 - Differential Diagnosis and Management of Horses with Seizures or Alterations in Consciousness
  • Chapter 3 - Differential Diagnosis of Equine Spinal Ataxia 
  • Chapter 4 - Differential Diagnosis and Management of Cranial Nerve Abnormalities; Head Tilt; Dysphagia Blindness; Anisocoria and Strabismus; Horner's Syndrome
  • Chapter 5 - Differential Diagnosis of Urinary Incontinence and Cauda Equina Syndrome 
  • Chapter 6 - Electrodiagnostic Evaluation of the Nervous System 
  • Chapter 7 - Anesthetic Considerations for Horses with Neurologic Disease
  • Chapter 8 - The Basics of Equine Neuropathology

Section III: Specific Disease Syndromes

  • Chapter 1 - Viral Diseases of the Nervous System
  • Chapter 2 - Bacterial Infections of the Central Nervous System 
  • Chapter 3 - Equine Protozoal Myeloencephalitis 
  • Chapter 4 - Parasitic Infection of the Central Nervous System 
  • Chapter 5 - Clostridial Neurotoxins
  • Chapter 6 - Miscellaneous Infections of the Central Nervous System 
  • Chapter 7 - Neurodegenerative Disorders 
  • Chapter 8 - Equine Hepatic Encephalopathy 
  • Chapter 9 - Electrolytes and Neurological Dysfunction in Horses 
  • Chapter 10 - Cervical Vertebral Stenotic Myelopathy 
  • Chapter 11 - Congenital Malformation of the Nervous System 
  • Chapter 12 - Central Nervous System Trauma
  • Chapter 13 - Disorders of the Peripheral Nervous System 
  • Chapter 14 - Equine Neurotoxic Agents and Conditions 
  • Chapter 15 - Hypoxic/ischemic Encephalopathy in the Foal 
  • Chapter 16 - Miscellaneous Movement Disorders 
  • Chapter 17 - Stereotypic and Other Behavior Problems 
  • Chapter 18 - Miscellaneous Conditions

There are 17 contributors, practically all of them boarded in some aspect critical to this book. Overall, the book is excellent. I was a bit put off by a printing problem in that the ink gradually fades from black to grey, and I don't know if this is a problem throughout the printing or if this was merely an anomaly of this individual book. It doesn't affect the reading, but it bothers me as a publisher.

Blackwell Publishing, now Wiley Publishers (2007).

Hard cover, 7 x 10" format, 412 pages. The website claims 119 illustrations, but I would question that number.

ISBN: 978-0-8138-2519-9.


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Date Published: January 18, 2008

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