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Diseases of Exotic Animals
Not only was he performing autopsies to determine the cause of death of thousands of animals, ultimately more autopsies than have been performed by any other single individual, but he was also immersed deeply in all aspects of veterinary and human medicine, biology, chemistry, physiology, comparative pathology, and pharmacology, making him after in excess of a decade of effort one of the most well educated medical scientists on earth.
During the eighteen years that Wallach researched every known disease of, and treatment for, exotic animals, he also performed more animal autopsies, and he went to work as an animal pathologist at different zoos, including four years of pathology work at the Brookfield Zoo in Chicago and then at the Jacksonville Zoological Park in Jacksonville, Florida and the Memphis Zoo. Wallach spent countless hours investigating the veterinary, medical, and pathology literature and even more time performing consultations with colleagues, producing this mammoth work after ten plus years of relentless effort. Wallach revealed the breadth of his undertaking in a preface to the book:
We began our project with extensive literature searches far afield from traditional veterinary sources; we collected our own data, performed thousands of autopsies, and encouraged each other to publish and to maintain an intellectual curiosity when considering the health care of our exotic charges—thus this book is not to be considered an end point, but rather a staging for all veterinarians and professionals who work with exotic species to “come up to speed” with the state of the art without the need to re-invent the wheel. It is our wish that this book provide a widespread understanding of the anatomy, physiology, diagnosis, and treatment of the rainbow of species with which we share this planet.
Diseases of Exotic Animals: Medical and Surgical Management, a 1,159 page tome, was finally published in July of 1983. Comprehensive in its identification of disease states, symptoms, causative factors, and treatments, the book remains a trusted academic treatise found in the libraries of veterinary schools across the country as well as in the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C. (where it is listed as a “National Treasure”). The book contains some two thousand illustrations, references to over 25,000 autopsies, and references to some 10 million tissue chemistries and slides.