Respiratory Diseases of the Horse
A Problem-Oriented Approach to Diagnosis & Management
by Laurant Couetil and Jan Hawkins
Edition: 1st., 2013
This book attempts to provide a framework to help equine practitioners systematically evaluate, diagnose, and treat the most common (and some not so common) disorders of the equine respiratory tract. It is organized in a way that emulates the approach that a clinician would use to assess a horse with a suspected respiratory abnormality. Hence, the book starts with a detailed description of anatomic features and pulmonary function, followed by an in-depth discussion of clinical examination methods and the use of appropriate diagnostic tests to help arrive at a clinical diagnosis. A novel modus operandi taken by the authors is the use of a problem-oriented approach to the diagnosis of equine respiratory diseases.
With this in mind, there are chapters dedicated to the evaluation of a horse presenting with a complaint of coughing, nasal discharge, increased respiratory effort, abnormal respiratory noise, or congenital respiratory abnormalities. Each starts by discussing the pathophysiology of a particular respiratory disease manifestation and then suggests an approach to reaching a diagnosis. Once a presumptive diagnosis is obtained, the reader can refer to the comprehensive discussion of each particular respiratory disease, including medical and/or surgical therapy.
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