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Faculty members publish major veterinary text

By Jeffrey Douglas

Spectrum Volume 19 Issue 18 - January 30, 1997

Two faculty members in the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine have co-edited a new veterinary-medical textbook that features contributions from 10 additional VMRCVM faculty members.

Practical Small Animal Internal Medicine, published by W.B. Saunders Company, is a 1,247-page, 55-chapter major reference work designed for use in veterinary education and as a clinical resource for practicing veterinarians, according to Michael Leib, a professor in the Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences, who co-edited the book with Associate Professor Edward Monroe.

Leib and Monroe, both of whom are board-certified by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, broadened the traditional definitions of "small-animal medicine" to create a more comprehensive text that includes material on dermatology, reproduction, and ophthalmology.

The heavily referenced scientific text also includes several other innovations. A "Problems Index" enables the user to quickly locate information related to specific clinical signs, and the book takes a more in-depth approach to anatomy, physiology, and pathophysiology than some others, according to Leib.

Other VMRCVM faculty members involved with the project include Erin S. Champagne, Karen R. Dyer, Bernard F. Feldman, S. Dru Forrester, Spencer A. Johnston, Martha L. Moon, Nikola A. Parker, J. Phillip Pickett, Beverly J. Purswell, and Linda G. Shell.