Practical meat inspection, 5th edition

Practical meat inspection, 5th edition

BOOK REVIEWS shells amount of 6-8% of all eggs laid, costing $600 M world wide . The final chapter describes the mechanics of measurement of shell st...

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shells amount of 6-8% of all eggs laid, costing $600 M world wide . The final chapter describes the mechanics of measurement of shell strength . This knowledge will be particularly relevant in giving guidelines to geneticists who need to use the correct parameters for selection for shell strength in future generations . An understanding of shell quality and strength is particularly important in the light of recent scares concerning bacterial penetration of eggs . This book represents an extremely valuable source of reference and understanding not only for academics but for all those interested in the producing, processing and distribution of eggs . M . PATPISON

Practical Meat Inspection, 5th edition

Andrew Wilson Oxford : Blackwell Scientific Publications . 1991 . 328 pp . £24 .50 The first edition of this book published 23 years ago was based upon a course of lectures given to student meat inspectors . Since then the book has been developed by gentle evolution in the light of feedback from readers . Happily it still retains the intimacy that can only be achieved by a single author who feels that he is speaking directly to students for whom he has a personal responsibility . The book sets out in a straightforward way the salient features of meat inspection . It does not purport to be a standard text . It does, however, give the essential facts without unnecessary digression . It is pitched at the right level for persons who have no previous training in biomedical science and it may be used by them as their primary text . It will, however, be useful to those who are already trained in this area in that it will remind them which knowledge is essential to do the job . This edition deals for the first time with deer . This is a welcome addition which has not upset the balance of the book . Perhaps a future edition will discuss other game . Es cry reviewer should find something to criticize if only to prove that he has looked at the book . I find the description of an animal cell with golgi bodies, lysosomes and such-like out of place in this text . It must


daunt student meat inspectors . If it is retained it should be removed from its forbidding position on page one and put in an Appendix . The hook is nice to handle, is of a convenient size, is clearly printed on good quality paper and opens well . In summary it is a very good buy . E . B . D,s mss

Managing the Behaviour of Animals

Edited by Pat Monaghan and David Wood-Gush . London : Chapman & Hall . 1990 . 257 pp . £30 .00 (hard) When reviewing books on animal behaviour I am haunted by the surreal remark `Wouldn't it have been wonderful to have heard Beethoven's fifth symphony for the first time?' Books on animal behaviour, like Beethoven symphonies, are now so commonplace that the constant reviewer must ask not only `Does this book have something new to say?' but also `Will this book interest or excite someone approaching the subject for the first time?' The answers to these two questions are, respectively, `not a lot' and `quite a bit' . The central issue addressed by this hook is of enormous importance whether expressed in terms of economics, ethics or conservation of the environment . It is that man has dominion over most animal species whether we like it or not . We control their environment and dictate their behavioural responses . It is our responsibility to ensure that their perception of the environment and their behaviour are consistent with good welfare . The approach to management adopted throughout is therefore one of friendly persuasion . The book is divided into three sections and written by nine authors, each of whom is an acknowledged expert . The first section, 'Manipulating Behaviour', is target\ devoted to brief reviews of foraging behaviour, some controllable features of social behaviour (e .g . spacing patterns) and animal communication . These chapters are well written and would interest a new undergraduate but do not greatly advance our understanding of the evolutionary or motivational reasons for behaviour nor offer any radically new