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1st Edition

Fish Diseases and Medicine

Edited By

Stephen A. Smith

ISBN 9781498727860
Published April 8, 2019 by CRC Press
412 Pages 337 Color Illustrations

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Book Description

Awarded 4 stars (rated 90/100) by Doody's Book Reviews!

Fish are critically important to the welfare of this planet and its occupants, the health of both wild and captive fish populations paramount to our survival. This book presents the gross pathology of the most commonly encountered diseases and syndromes of fish in an organ system-based approach. It provides an overview of the diseases and disorders of tropical, ornamental, bait and food fish from freshwater, brackish and marine environments. Readers will gain a broader understanding of the basic biology of infectious and non-infectious diseases in fish, as well as novel diagnostic techniques and innovative disease control methods. Over 300 high-quality color photographs illustrate the conditions described

Nineteen chapters by expert international contributors provide the veterinarian, fish health professional, fisheries biologist and fish researcher with an understanding of anatomy, water quality, diagnostic methodology, and basic clinical medicine of fish. Each organ system chapter provides

  • an overview of the most common diseases or syndromes
  • the etiological agent
  • route of transmission
  • typical host range
  • clinical presentation
  • possible differentials
  • most current means of diagnosis for that particular problem
  • potential management and control methods

This text will serve as a resource for the identification and control of fish diseases in a multitude of settings, from aquarium fish, to home ponds, to aquaculture species, to research fish and to even wild fish populations.

Table of Contents

Anatomical Physiology of Fishes - Christine L. Densmore

Water Quality and Environmental Issues - Deborah B. Pouder and Stephen A. Smith

Diagnosis of fish diseases - Esteban Soto, Shane M. Boylan, Brittany Stevens, Stephen A. Smith, Roy Yanong, Kuttichantran Subramaniam, Thomas Waltzek

Ocular problems - Stephen A. Smith

Skin and Fin Diseases - Pedro A. Smith, Diane G. Elliott, David W. Bruno and Stephen A. Smith

Gill diseases - Stephen A. Smith

Musculoskeletal Diseases - John S. Lumsden

Coelomic Disorders - Christine L. Densmore

Gastrointestinal Disorders - Stephen A. Smith

Cardiac Diseases - Trygve T. Poppe

Hepatic, Biliary, And Pancreatic Diseases - - Jeffrey C. Wolf

Renal Diseases and Disorders - Lester Khoo

Swim Bladder Disorders - Alisa L. Newton

Reproductive Disorders - Lester Khoo

Neurological Diseases - Salvatore Frasca Jr.

Nutritional Diseases - Simon J. Davies, Tharangani K. Herath, Peter Bowyer

Sedation, anesthesia, analgesia and euthanasia - Lysa Pam Posner, Craig A. Harms, Stephen A. Smith

Surgery - Shane Boylan

Therapeutants for Fish - Grace A. Karreman, Patricia S. Gaunt, Richard G. Endris , Nick Saint-Erne

Appendix 1: Therapeutics for Ornamental, Tropical, Bait and Other Non-food Fish: Antimicrobial and Antifungal Agents - Jessica Gaskins and Shane Boylan

Appendix 2: Therapeutics for Ornamental, Tropical, Bait and Other Non-food Fish: Antiparasiticides - Jessica Gaskins and Shane Boylan

Appendix 3: Therapeutics for Ornamental Fish, Tropical, Bait, and Other Non-food Fish: Supportive Therapy and Care - Jessica Gaskins and Shane Boylan

Appendix 4: UK Example of Cascade System in UK - Richard G. Endris

Appendix 5: References for Drugs used in Aquaculture in Other Countries - Richard G. Endris

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Stephen A. Smith, MS, DVM, PhD is the Professor of the Aquatic Medicine Program at Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. He is the past president (2002-2003) of the International Association for Aquatic Animal Medicine and has published widely in various journals including the AVMA journal and the Journal of Aquatic Health.


"This review of basic fish anatomy and medicine is easy to read and useful. Each disease is discussed in well-organized sections including an overview, etiology, route of transmission, host range, clinical presentation, differential diagnosis, diagnosis, and management/control. This book fills the current void in the literature, providing an accessible and up-to-date book. The overview of fish physiology and water quality is incredibly helpful and would be an excellent resource for students and residents.

The book begins with an excellent and well written chapter on anatomical physiology organized by organ system. This chapter is perfect for anyone involved in the keeping of fish and would be accessible to biologists as well as veterinarians. Similarly, the chapter on water quality is essential and highly accessible, with helpful graphics to illustrate water quality testing and concepts. The excellent, clinically relevant photos throughout the book are essential to the descriptions of gross pathology. The anesthesia chapter is extraordinarily well written and provides multiple different methods of anesthesia along with detailed mechanisms of action and risks and benefits of each. Similarly, the surgery chapter highlights the more recent emphasis on welfare and analgesia in fish, which is much needed and not emphasized as much in older books. Both the table of contents and the index are well done and make this an easy quick reference. This is an excellent addition to the literature, an incredibly useful quick reference guide that details high-level individualized medicine."

- Karisa N Tang, DVM, MS(University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine) in Doody's Reviews and Listings (4* review, 90/100).