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Small Animal Emergency and Critical Care: Case Studies in Client Communication, Morbidity and Mortality Lisa Powell. Elizabeth A. Rozanski. John E. Rush 232 pages, paperback, £34.99. Wiley-Blackwell. 2010. ISBN 978 1 4051 6752 9

THIS book provides food for thought, but is best taken in light bites rather than eaten as a feast. It comprises 71 real-life cases, compiled by three senior authors, with contributions from 22 other veterinarians. Collectively, the three senior authors have over 60 years' experience in academic emergency room/ICU environments. It is clear that the episodes are based upon actual events, although the people involved are anonymised. Each case is only a few pages long and is written as a narrative story. A key points section after each case discusses the …

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