Adams' Lameness in horses 4th edn

Adams' Lameness in horses 4th edn

102 BRITISH VETERINARY JOURNAL, 144, 1 The layout and text are clear and concise but as always the quality of reproduction of the radiographic figur...

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BRITISH VETERINARY JOURNAL, 144, 1

The layout and text are clear and concise but as always the quality of reproduction of the radiographic figures is variable. Fortunately most plates are at least quarter page size and clear, and helpful annotation goes some way to overcoming this perennial problem. The appendicular skeletal and abdominal radiographs are probably the best with thoracic and surprisingly axial skeletal examples being less clear. I think the approach adopted is excellent, encouraging the student and practitioner to follow the procedures adopted by trained radiologists. However at £65 I doubt that many undergraduates will be able to afford the book. Equally, practitioners must not be misled into believing this is a comprehensive reference set of radiographs with which they can match their problem films! I would recommend the book, with reservations about the price, to trainee radiologists, practitioners with a bent for radiology and to X-ray department libraries to which undergraduates have access. J. V. 0.\\"11::5

Adams' Lameness in Horses 4th edn T. S. Stashak Philadelphia: Lea & Febiger/Beckenham, Kent: Quest-Meridien. 1987. 906 pp. $93.50 From 1957 Dr O. R. Adams began to compile his lecture notes on lameness and shoeing of horses into a text, which was eventually published in 1962 as Lameness in Horses. This book filled a need for a practical text on the lame horse, and was of value both to students and practitioners alike. In 1966 and 1974 Dr Adams published two revised editions before his untimely death. Dr Stashak has approached the fourth edition with a confidence and imagination that has greatly enlarged and enhanced the book, whilst still retaining the style and practical approach of Adams's original text. All the content has been enlarged and updated to include recent treatments and surgical techniques, to provide up-to-date information on pathology and aetiology of disease, and to provide references throughout that add to or support the text. Dr Stashak has enlisted several authors to help with this revised volume. All are expert

in their own field and this is reflected in the quality of their contributions. The contents of the book have been reorganized slightly, bringing an expanded section on the functional anatomy of the locomotor system to the first chapter. This chapter introduces the current anatomical nomenclature. Whilst this may at first seem confusing, it is of course necessary to bring the terminology of any new text into line with current teaching and the authors have managed to do so relatively painlessly. Chapters 2, 3 and 4 relate anatomy, conformation and principles of lameness diagnosis, and lead on naturally to Chapter 4 on radiology. Chapter 4 approaches radiology from the basic level and covers principles of taking radiographs and radiographic diagnosis, but most importantly contains excellent diagrams and radiographs to demonstrate the normal anatomy. Chapters 5, 6 and 7 represent totally new sections covering the nutritional aspects of development and disease, diseases of long bones and diseases of joints, ligaments and tendons. These arc a useful addition to the earlier editions. Subsequent chapters are little changed from the previous volumes, except for the last (Chapter 14) which has been greatly updated. Anyone involved in bringing a classic text such as Lameness in Horses up to date must do so with some trepidation. Dr Stashak is to be congratulated on an excellent update of this important book, and of enlarging and improving on the original without losing its practical approach. This book can certainly be recommended to anyone with an interest in equine lameness and will undoubtedly maintain its role as the standard text on the subject. C. ~1. COLLES

Ageand Growth of Fish Edited by Robert C. Summerfeld & Gordon E. Hall Des Moines, Iowa: Iowa State University Press. 1987. 544 pp. £35 This book contains papers presented at an international symposium arranged to honour Dr Kenneth D. Carlander on his retirement. The subject of ageing and estimation of growth rate of fish has come a long way since the first demonstration in 1888, in carp, that