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Diseases of Exotic Animals
The book is divided into three major parts, covering mammals, aves (birds), and ectotherms (reptiles and amphibians). It explains not only the characteristics of each kind of animal but also their metabolic processes, hematology, and blood chemistry characteristics, the best means to anesthetize them, treatments, and, in particular, common nutritional deficiencies and symptoms manifested in animals suffering from those symptoms. It also explains in detail the diseases known to be associated with each kind of animal, the symptoms associated with the diseases, the testing methods recommended for diagnosing the presence of the diseases, and the treatments appropriate for the diseases. The book is filled with photos and drawings of the proper containment facilities for the animals, examples of abnormal animal activity, examples of appropriate medical equipment, appropriate medical procedures and techniques, autopsies, microscope enlargements of bacteria, viruses, and parasites from infected animals, and restraint and immobilizing equipment. It is encyclopedic and scrupulously documented.
Although an intimidating task for over a dozen other veterinary scientists, Wallach was not dissuaded by the enormity of the work. He simply strove to acquire the additional expertise, painstakingly evaluating the vast universe of published works, research papers, and reports. He did it all. Mastery of the work reveals true medical genius. At the same time that he devoted countless hours on animal autopsies from captive animals who died in zoos across the country, making him one of the most well versed experts in animal pathology, Wallach also read thousands of veterinary medical and medical journals in his quest to master everything that was known or discernible about exotic species.
To achieve mastery of such a broad range of species and diseases requires a thorough understanding of science germane to the investigation: organic chemistry, inorganic chemistry, pharmacology, biology, genetics, calculus, and physiology. Ordinarily limitations in one’s scientific skills would make it all but impossible, even for a talented veterinarian, to perform the enormous research task Wallach assumed, but not for Wallach.