Textbook of Canine and Feline Cardiology: Principles and Clinical Practice, 2nd edition, The exponential expansion of knowledge associated with these rapid changes presents unique challenges to the student, practitioner, and specialist.
Textbook of Canine and Feline Cardiology: Principles and Clinical Practice, 2nd edition
Since the first edition of Canine and Feline Cardiology was published in 1988, clinicians must increasingly divide their time between the burgeoning medical literature, keeping abreast of new and complex technologies, and a bewildering mountain of information. Accordingly, we intended Textbook of Canine and Feline Cardiology: Principles and Clinical Practice, 2nd edition, to be a complete, cutting-edge, and authoritative treatise of clinical cardiology. Toward this end, we enlisted some of the most notable leaders in the field; and focused their expertise into a comprehensive and usable source of definitive information.
Physicians have stated through antiquity that in order to provide optimal care, one must first understand the fundamental bases which underlie structure and function. Consequently, we have included the essential aspects of cardiac anatomy, physiology, pathology, and pharmacology and synthesized these elements with discussions of diagnostic techniques and principles of therapy. In this fashion, we have attempted to bring together the “state of the art” into one practical source designed to bridge the gap between clinical cardiology and the empiric foundation on which such practice should be based.
To accomplish these goals we have organized this textbook as a multipurpose resource incorporating the best features of an atlas, a reference, and a clinical guide. In order to allow recent medical advances to be readily grasped, the text employs a practical and easy to-use format, combined with detailed figures and extensive bibliographies. By this construct, the 2nd edition covers all clinical, diagnostic, and treatment facets of canine and feline cardiology. It begins with the anatomic and physiologic basis of cardiovascular structure and function; integrates these concepts with patient assessment, diagnostic methods, and examination; reviews abnormal cardiovascular function; discusses principles of therapy; details congenital and acquired cardiovascular diseases; and reviews salient cardiovascular surgery and anesthesia. Thus, it is our hope that this textbook will assist a broad range of students, practitioners, and specialists who are responsible for evaluating and treating the cardiac patient to do the right thing for the right reasons, and to do them dependably, consistently, and effectively.