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A Practical Approach to the Veterinary Neurological and Orthopaedic Patient
Veterinarians Frederique Bavelaar and D. C. Aharon give us an invaluable reference work for orthomanual veterinary medicine. The book provides a detailed introduction to the field of orthomanual veterinary medicine and what it entails. It offers practical guidance on the clinical examination, anatomy, pathophysiology, orthopaedics and neurology. With contributions from several European colleagues: Ángel María Hernández Guerra (Prof, DVM, PhD), Franck Forterre (Prof, DVM, DECVS), Laurent Garosi (DVM, DECVN, MRCVS), Paul Mandigers (DVM, PhD, DECVN) and I. M. (Inge) van Geijlswijk (PharmD, PhD).
A practical guide to orthomanual veterinary medicine
In her work as a small animal veterinarian, Dorit Aharon, DVM, saw many patients with back pain and lameness. Their plight propelled her to develop an improved methodology for clinical diagnosis and treatment of dogs and cats in the first stages of their disease. In many of her patients, sideways misalignments of vertebrae could be found. With a simple manual repositioning of the misaligned vertebrae, followed by rest, many of her patients recovered.
This low-cost treatment protocol has proven beneficial for a large number of dogs and cats, and was further refined into the Aharon Method of orthomanual veterinary medicine. The success of Aharon’s clinical methodology has brought her ever more referrals, leading to her current specialized practice.
With Frederique Bavelaar, DVM, PhD, she created a syllabus for teaching her approach, which was published as a book in Dutch. That book brought together major topics related to clinical examination, anatomy and a physiology of the locomotor system, orthopaedics, neurology and metabolic disorders.
The present English version of that book has been expanded with clinical diagnostic contributions from several European colleagues. Those regard a chapter on CT and MRI diagnostics (Ángel María Hernández Guerra, Prof, DVM, PhD), and short additions on orthopaedics (Franck Forterre,
Prof, DVM, DECVS), neurological schemes and tables (Laurent Garosi, DVM, DECVN, MRCVS) and an introduction to investigating neurological patients (Paul Mandigers, DVM, PhD, DECVN).
I. M. (Inge) van Geijlswijk, PharmD, PhD, has contributed new insights to the chapter on medications.
It is a pleasure to see outlined in this book a thorough clinical investigation methodology for this special group of patients. Of course, well-performed examination of patients, including all available laboratory and technical methods, and not least, anatomical pathology, form the basis for any good diagnosis. Such a well-founded diagnosis provides the clinician a solid basis for judgements about how to proceed with possible remedies and therapies. In Aharon’s veterinary practice, manual manipulative methods (orthomanual therapy) prevail. A limited number of patients with more severe stages of disorders is referred further for other diagnostics and treatments.
Erik Gruys, DVM, PhD, Emeritus Professor of Veterinary Pathology, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Utrecht University
How is the book organized?
A practical book needs a practical organization. This book contains 19 chapters. The first chapters present the basic principles. For example, when should you choose orthomanual treatment, and when not?
A key chapter is the one describing the physical examination of the animal. The book closes with a user-friendly index listing the most relevant terms and page numbers on which they can be found.
- 300 page’s
- 17 x 24 cm
- >140 figures and illustrations
- ISBN 9789083059709
F. J. Bavelaar, DVM, PhD
D. C. Aharon, DVM
This book is a revised and expanded version of a Dutch publication entitled “Orthomanuele Diergeneeskunde: Methode Aharon”. That Dutch book is available for purchase at libre.nl.