ABOUT THE AUTHOR
About the author:
Jane Coatesworth, M.A., Vet.M.B., Cert.V.D., MRCVS, RCVS Advanced Practitioner in Veterinary Dermatology, is Head of Dermatology at the Animal Health Trust near Newmarket, Suffolk, UK.
"Small Animal Dermatology: What’s Your Diagnosis? is the third book in a series that uses a case-based format to improve critical thinking and clinical problem solving. This book presents 34 cases of dogs and cats with skin diseases. The cases are arranged in 5 sections on the basis of clinical sign or lesion type. Each section has a well-written summary, which alone is useful to clinicians who want to improve their clinical skills. Each case is presented in a detailed easy-to-follow manner with logical explanations of examination findings, lists of differential diagnoses, recommended diagnostic tests, and treatment plans. For some cases, the clinical findings were either unusual for a common disease or non specific and complex, which emphasizes the need to consider a thorough list of differential diagnoses. Perspective buyers are cautioned that this book was written for a United Kingdom audience, and some of the treatments described are not available in other countries such as the United States.
One criticism is that the images are quite small, particularly given the large amount of blank space present in the book. Dermatology is a highly visual field, so it is unfortunate that the layout and image quality were not optimized.
Overall, this is a useful book for those in the veterinary profession wishing to challenge and improve their dermatologic problem-solving skills. Students, technicians, and practitioners will find the cases challenging and interesting. However, it is important to note that this book should not be considered a general reference because it does not cover all dermatologic diseases and is not organized or intended to be a textbook reference."- JAVMA | DEC 15, 2019 | VOL 255 | NO. 12