Descriptive reports on the pathology of reptiles have been around since the mid-1800s, but until recently a single text devoted to pathogens and pathology of reptiles has been lacking. Far from the line drawings and black-and-white photos of the past, "Infectious Diseases and Pathology of Reptiles: Color Atlas and Text" features high-quality, full 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 editor's esteemed 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 numerous 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 the 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 for veterinarians, biologists, and researchers involved in the study of pathogens infecting reptiles.
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. Pare and Elliott Jacobson Parasites and Parasitic Diseases of Reptiles, Elliott R Jacobson Isolation of Pathogens, Francesco C. Origgi and Jean A. Pare