Infectious Diseases and Pathology of Reptiles: Color Atlas and Text,Why this book and why now? As I approached my 30th year following graduation from veterinary college I decided the time was ripe for a color atlas including some of the best of the tens of thou-sands of images I had taken documenting infectious diseases and pathology of reptiles.
Infectious Diseases and Pathology of Reptiles: Color Atlas and Text
Although descriptive reports of reptile pathology date back to the mid-1800s, and whereas many of the recent texts on reptile medicine and disease cover various aspects of this topic, it was my feeling that a more deﬁnitive text with more inclusive images covering infectious diseases and pathology of reptiles was needed. Given that much of my clinical and research career has centered on this topic, I decided to take sabbatical leave in July 2004 to gather as much of the most relevant material that I had collected and published over the past 30 years into a book. As with many books, the time it took to conclude this project was far greater than originally anticipated. Two major hurricane seasons later it is done.
Here I have selected a number of topics that are relevant to infectious diseases and pathology of reptiles. Because understanding the biology of reptiles, particularly anatomy and histology, is critical in understanding and interpreting pathology, this book starts with a general review of the biology of the Reptilia in Chapter 1.
All major systems are reviewed, and in-depth anatomy and histology are provided. This represents the most complete single source of color images of normal reptile histology. Scientiﬁc names are ﬁrst given as the currently accepted name followed by the former name originally published in the older literature. In each chapter, the scientiﬁc name follows the common name the ﬁrst time the common name is used. Thereafter, only the common name is used.
Many books become outdated very quickly, while a few provide worthwhile information for many years to come. Given the expertise of the various contributors, we expect this book to serve as a valuable source of information for future generations.
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