|"The aim of this guide is to make porcine pathology
more accessible to veterinarians who service the pig industry. It distils the practical
experience of a group of pathologists who have worked closely with the industry, and
should greatly assist those who are only occasionally confronted with a dead pig."
450 pages of text with 500 illustrations (most in colour) and 80 tables and charts make
this a comprehensive resource. The Introduction starts with Using this Guide and then
progresses to Examining Dead Pigs, Recording and Reporting Results, Ancillary Laboratory
Tests, and Laboratory Safety.
Each Chapter is organised in the same format, and includes details on
"normal" structures. This allows rapid access to required information such as
gross pathology or histopathology, without having to deal with superfluous information.
However, this extra and more detailed information is presented as you progress through
The Chapters include: Oral Cavity; Oesophagus and Stomach; Small Intestine;
Large Intestine; Liver; Pancreas; Peritoneal Cavity; Cardiovascular System; Blood; Spleen;
Lymph Nodes and Thymus; Nasal Passages, Larynx and Trachea; Lungs; Endocrine Glands;
Bones; Joints; Skeletal Muscle; Nervous System; Eye; Ear; Skin; Urinary Tract; Female
Reproductive Tract; Mammary Gland; Male Reproductive Tract; Semen; Neonatal Mortality;
Health Monitoring at Slaughter, Appendices; Index.
A typical Chapter outline is: Spleen: Introduction; Applied Anatomy:
Gross Anatomy, Vascular supply and drainage; Histology; Capsule and trabeculae, White
pulp, Red pulp, Vascular supply and drainage; Gross pathology: Examining the
Spleen; Alterations in Size and Colour - Diffuse Changes, Reduction in size, Enlargement;
Alterations in Size and Colour - Focal Changes; Alterations in Location and Shape; Histopathology:
Histopathological Examination of the Spleen; Alterations in the Capsule and Trabeculae;
Alterations in the White Pulp; Alterations in the Red Pulp; Cellular infiltrates and
proliferates, Alterations in ellipsoids, Pigmentation, Focal necrosis, Inclusion bodies,
Congestion and haemorrhage; Alterations in splenic Vessels; Organisms in the Spleen; Microbiology;
Biochemistry, Haematology and Toxicology; Key Diagnostic Features;
Splenic Torsion; Erysipelas; References.
Can you really afford NOT to have a copy? The savings in time, through faster and
better post mortems, and in improved skills and knowledge, to make a better diagnosis,
will quickly repay this investment.
In addition to this book, The Good Health Manual and The Post
Mortem Manual provide basic information, including a 26 minute video by Dr John
Glastonbury, on the why and how of conducting postmortems on pigs.