Essentials of Clinical Anatomy of the Equine Locomotor System

by Jean-Marie Denoix
February 2019

Essentials of Clinical Anatomy of the Equine Locomotor System presents a unique photographic record of dissections showing the

Essentials of clinical anatomy of the equine locomotor systemtopographical anatomy of the loco-motor system of the horse. Readers of this book will be able to see the position and relationships of the bones, joints, muscles, nerves and blood vessels that make up each region of the forelimb, vertebral column and hind limb.

This new atlas is essential for anybody involved in detailed anatomical study, complex lameness evaluation or advanced imaging techniques in horses. It will be a useful guide for veterinary students, and a reference for equine vets in practice.

  • Important features of regional and topographical anatomy are presented using full-color photos of detailed dissections
  • Anatomy is presented in a clinical context
  • Preparations of cross-sectional anatomy facilitate interpretation of diagnostic imaging, such as ultrasonography, MRI images and CT scans
  • All dissections are of fresh material, rather than preserved specimens, to demonstrate the appearance of tissues in the living animal, or at post mortem autopsy

This book continues on from The Equine Distal Limb: An Atlas of Clinical Anatomy and Comparative Imaging; in it, the complete thoracic limb, axial areas (neck, back and pelvis) and the complete pelvic limb are considered. For every area of the horse locomotor system, the superficial anatomy is presented to introduce the physical examination. Bone anatomy is considered through radiographic images (digital imaging facilitating the use of this technique). Dissections of the superficial and deep anatomical layers of each aspect of a specific area are presented and followed by cross-sections displaying the topographical aspect and relationships of anatomical structures.

The objective of this atlas is to provide the practitioner with all the clinically useful anatomical features needed to facilitate achievement and interpretation of diagnostic procedures, especially cross-sectional imaging such as ultrasonography and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). It will also be useful to veterinary students who have little access to dissection, to complement their teaching material or provide a reference guide to help their access in the clinical sciences. In this book, trainers, riders and every person interested in horses will find illustrations of the detailed, and sometimes unexpected, constitution of the equine musculoskeletal system, which plays a key role in the horse’s motion and needs to be an overriding consideration in training and rehabilitation.

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