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Infectious Diseases and Pathology of Reptiles

Color Atlas and Text, 1st Edition

Edited by Elliott R. Jacobson

CRC Press

736 pages | 1378 Color Illus. | 31 B/W Illus.

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Far from the line drawings and black-and-white photos of the past, Infectious Diseases and Pathology of Reptiles features high-quality, color photos of normal anatomy and histology, as well as gross, light, and electron microscopic images of pathogens and diseases. Many of these images have never before been published, and come directly from the esteemed editor’s collection documenting more than 30 years in the research of infectious diseases and veterinary care of reptiles.

A comprehensive reference, the book includes definitive information on every aspect of the anatomy, pathophysiology, and differential diagnosis of infectious diseases affecting reptiles. Beginning with a thorough review of the biology, anatomy, and histology of reptiles, the introductory chapters cover all major systems and provide the most complete single source for color images of reptile histology. It addresses the mechanism of reptile immunology and the response to pathogens, and explains how immunological response is key to differential diagnosis. Given the difficulty in isolating certain pathogens for identification, the book provides an overview of electron microscopy, complete with electron micrographs of reptile pathogens, and introduces the necessity of molecular methods for diagnosis. The text outlines serodiagnostics and the development and use of immunological reagents specifically designed for reptiles in tests such as indirect enzyme linked immunosorbent assays (ELISA). Finally, the book devotes several chapters to the viral, bacterial, fungal, and parasitic diseases known to reptiles and methods for isolating these pathogens.

With up-to-the-minute data, a never-before-seen collection of images, and a stellar panel of contributors, Infectious Diseases and Pathology of Reptiles is the definitive resource forveterinarians, biologists, and researchers involved in the study of pathogens infecting reptiles.


“It clearly presents infectious reptile diseases and mechanisms for investigating these conditions. The organization of he book allows for readers of various knowledge levels. Because of this, both students and reptile pathologists will find this book to contain valuable material. Each chapter contributes to the diagnosis of infectious diseases in reptiles from various perspectives and present well-referenced, scientific information with abundant, high quality figures. … has clinical information, along with pathology and diagnostic information. This diversity of information focused on infectious diseases makes this book an excellent resource. … should sit side-by-side on the shelves of those working in reptile medicine or pathology. This book will prove informative and beneficial for students, residents, clinicians and pathologists working with reptiles.”

—Dr. J. A. St. Leger, Seaworld, San Diego, in Veterinary Pathology, 2007

"Every so often, a book arrives on the scene that is destined to become a classic, and that time has come again. Elliot R. Jacobson, professor of zoological medicine in the Department of Small Animal Clinical Services in the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Florida, has compiled a book of such scope and magnitude that it will likely grace the reference library collection of virtually every veterinarian and pathologist working with reptiles…"

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Table of Contents

Overview of Reptile Biology, Anatomy, and Histology Elliott R Jacobson

Reptile Immunology, Francesco C. Origgi

Circulating Inflammatory Cells, Nicole Strik, A. Rick Alleman, and Kendal E. Harr

Reptile Necropsy Techniques, Scott P. Terell and Brian A. Stacy

Host Response to Infectious Agents and Identification of Pathogens in Tissue Section, Brian A. Stacy and Allan P. Pessier

Identifying Reptile Pathogens Using Electron Microscopy, Elliott R. Jacobson and Don A. Samuelson

Molecular Diagnostics, April J. Johnson, Francesco C. Origgi, and James F.X. Wellehan

Serodiagnostics, Elliott R. Jacob son and Francesco C. Origgi

Viruses and Viral Diseases of Reptiles, Elliott R. Jacobson

Bacterial Diseases of Reptiles, Elliott R. Jacobson

Mycotic Diseases in Reptiles, Jean A. Paré and Elliott Jacobson

Parasites and Parasitic Diseases of Reptiles, Elliott R Jacobson

Isolation of Pathogens, Francesco C. Origgi and Jean A. Paré

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MEDICAL / Veterinary Medicine / General
MEDICAL / Veterinary Medicine / Food Animal
MEDICAL / Research
NATURE / Animals / General
SCIENCE / Life Sciences / General