Atlas of Clinical Avian Hematology.
Article Type: Book review
Subject: Books (Book reviews)
Author: Powers, Lauren V.
Pub Date: 03/01/2011
Publication: Name: Journal of Avian Medicine and Surgery Publisher: Association of Avian Veterinarians Audience: Academic Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Health Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2011 Association of Avian Veterinarians ISSN: 1082-6742
Issue: Date: March, 2011 Source Volume: 25 Source Issue: 1
Topic: NamedWork: Atlas of Clinical Avian Hematology (Reference work)
Persons: Reviewee: Clark, P.; Boardman, W.; Raidal, S.
Accession Number: 256602978
Full Text: Atlas of Clinical Avian Hematology. P. Clark, W. Boardman, and S. Raidal. Wiley-Blackwell, West Sussex, United Kingdom. 2009. 200 pp. Price $157.99. ISBN 978-1405-1-9248-4.

This color atlas of avian hematology was designed with the avian veterinarian, clinical pathologist, and researcher in mind. The authors have succeeded in creating a single resource that provides an excellent review of avian blood collection and processing techniques, as well as detailing the morphologic characteristics of healthy and abnormal blood cells from more than 100 species of birds. The book is divided into 5 chapters: (1) Collection and handling of blood samples, (2) General hematological characteristics of birds, (3) Particular hematological characteristics of birds, (4) Physiological and pathological influences on the hematological characteristics of birds, and (5) Hemoparasites of birds. Chapter 1 is a practical guide to blood-sample collection sites and methods, with excellent anatomic descriptions and illustrations. Chapter 2 is a concise and detailed review of blood cell morphology. Chapter 3 reviews the hematologic characteristics of all orders of birds for which published information is available. The authors have done an excellent job in providing clinically applicable published references and color photomicrographs of blood films of birds from as many orders as possible. Although at first glance this level of detail seemed redundant, with many of the cellular characteristics being consistent across avian orders, the numerous color images provide many opportunities to view and become familiar with the morphologic appearance of the blood cells. Chapter 4 provides a clinically useful reference on morphologic changes that occur in blood cells with physiologic or pathologic processes. Chapter 5 details the morphologic characteristics of avian hemoparasites in a concise format. Given that this text is designed as a clinical atlas, this chapter does not provide an exhaustive review of hemoparasite life cycles.

More than 300 figures and color photomicrographs illustrate the cellular morphology described in the book. The figure legends are very descriptive and detailed. Some of the photomicrographs are slightly hazy or overexposed, which occasionally limits the reader's ability to appreciate some of the morphologic descriptions provided in the text, but most images are of excellent quality. Graphic illustrations may have been helpful to show some of the finer cellular details, such as the heterophil central granular bodies. This text is meant to serve as a descriptive atlas, and, as such, Table 2.1, which lists normal reference intervals for avian hematologic data, is limited to just 16 species. Although not designed to be a quick reference, this avian hematology atlas is a concise and detailed resource and should be on the shelf of any avian practitioner or researcher performing hematologic examinations.--Reviewed by Lauren V. Powers, DVM, Dipl ABVP (Avian), Carolina Veterinary Specialists, Huntersville, NC 28078, USA.
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