The preface to this book states that it is "... intended as a practical guide to all workers undertaking animal surgery." The book is directed at research workers and veterinarians who use several animal species for varying surgical studies. It is also to be considered by surgeons during their early training and achieves its goals quite well.
The book presents basic surgical principles and techniques that will be necessary in experimental surgery and can easily relate to veterinary surgery. Some of the techniques are common to standard surgical practice and would be useful for surgical residents who are participating in animal surgery.
Contained are some excellent introductory chapters on the selection of an animal species for experimental study. These range from several rodent species to large herbivores. This section also extensively describes anesthetic and analgesic techniques. Clear and complete tables are included that list the anesthetic and analgesic drugs, their doses,