Differential Diagnosis in Small Animal Medicine
Alex Gough

Review by Kathy Lyon Star
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This book contains a list of differentials to be considered when examining a presenting case. This book is not a "how to treat" volume. Once the suggestions are given as to the possible direction, you are on your own.

The presenting complaints are categorized in alphabetical order and the table of contents is constructed so as to give the clinician ready reference to various differentials. One thing that I can say is that some of the more uncommon problems are mentioned, so that the reader is not fixed on only the common presentations. A section near the back of the book on Diagnostic Procedures outlines some tests to narrow the choices, and includes equipment and technique.

There are a few illustrations, some in color that illustrate some points. I didn't find a clear differentiation between dog issues and cat issues. While I realize that most of the basic physiology and disease process may be interchangeable, some are not. Not all differences are readily familiar to all readers; when under pressure to obtain a diagnosis, it could ease the stress to have dog and cat issues somewhat presorted. There are signs that are omitted from the lists, for example, in the section on choking/gagging, no mention is made of hairballs, and while this may not be a disease, per se, it is sometimes a presenting issue. There were some topics that caused me to question their inclusion, such as "euthanasia of puppies due to undesirable cosmetic features."

There is plenty to recommend this book. The list of presenting signs is substantial, and the suggestions for diagnostics or rule-outs are numerous. The opening chapter explains how to use this book, and these instructions apply throughout.

There are algorithmic charts in the back of the book to help the reader follow a logical path to a diagnosis. Charts are included on what to consider when taking a history and conducting a physical examination.

This book may be useful for students, but I feel it will be of more use to the seasoned clinician.

Blackwell Publishing (2007).

Soft cover, 464 pages.

ISBN: 9781405132527.


Table of Contents
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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
 
* BSAVA Guide to Procedures in Small Animal Practice
 
* Common Disease 2nd Ed. (VSPN Review)
 
August’s Consultations in Feline Internal Medicine, Vol 7 (VSPN)
 
Clinical Med. Dog Cat 2nd Ed.
 
You are hereDifferential 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)
 
* Textbook Internal 6th Ed. Vol. 1 (VSPN Review)
 
* Textbook Internal 6th Ed. Vol. 2 (VSPN Review)
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: June 6, 2007

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