Small Animals Orthopedics and Fracture Repair -Piermatti

The publication of the fourth edition of Brinker, Piermattei, and Flo’s Handbook of Small Animal Orthopedics and Fracture Repair comes soon after the ninety-third birthday of Wade O. Brinker. Wade will receive the “Founder’s Award” from the American College of Veterinary Surgeons this year in celebration of a lifetime of contributions to our profession. This book is but one small contribution of the many he has made. Recently, Wade explained very clearly and firmly that his motivation in founding this book was to establish a solid reference for veterinary students and practicing veterinary surgeons. Through the years we have tried to maintain a balance of information in a straightforward, well-illustrated, and understandable manner that will not only challenge the avid veterinary student, but also provide a reasonable, though not exhaustive, reference for the practicing clinical surgeon. Twenty-three years have passed since publication of the first edition. 

With each edition, we note the introduction of many new concepts and fixation strategies (e.g., biologic osteosynthesis). These new developments validate the very same principles that Wade has stressed from the first pioneering days of veterinary surgery. Surgical values of respect for tissue, surgical efficiency, aseptic technique, and appropriate  planning will always be relevant to the optimal healing of our patients. Although Wade’s active participation ended with the second edition, his influence continues to permeate every page of this text. 

With the fourth edition, sections have been expanded to reflect common and accepted improvements with external fixators, interlocking nails, and plate fixations. An introductory chapter on canine arthroscopy has been added to introduce the student to the value of minimally invasive joint surgery. Sections on hip dysplasia,cruciate ligament rupture, and patella luxation reflect continuous progress in treatments of these common conditions.

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We continue to be blessed with the artwork of F. Dennis Giddings. Our publisher has changed from W.B. Saunders to Elsevier. This conversion has been seamless, and we thank the new publishing staff for their patient efforts. Readers will also note the addition of a new author, Charlie DeCamp, who has worked diligently to balance the wealth of information from the first 20 years to that which will be most relevant to students and surgeons in the next 10 years. Two of us (GF and DP) are making our final contribution to this work, which we started with Wade in 1981. We sincerely strive to move this textbook forward in time, and Wade will be with us, every step of the way.