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Lameness of the Horse Veterinary Practitioners' Series, No. 1   By: (1882-)

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Veterinary Practitioners' Series

No. 1



J. V. Lacroix, D.V.S.

Professor of Surgery, The Kansas City Veterinary College Author of "Animal Castration"


Chicago American Journal Of Veterinary Medicine



All that can be known on the subject of lameness, is founded on a knowledge of anatomy and of the physiology of locomotion. Without such knowledge, no one can master the principles of the diagnosis of lameness. However, it must be assumed that the readers are informed on these subjects, as it is impossible to include this fundamental instruction in a work so brief as this one.

The technic of certain operative or corrective procedures, has been described at length only where such methods are not generally employed. Where there is no departure from the usual methods, treatment that is essentially within the domain of surgery or practice is not given in specific detail.

Realizing the need for a treatise in the English language dealing with diagnosis and treatment of lameness, the author undertook the preparation of this manuscript. That the difficulties of depicting by means of word pictures, the symptoms evinced in baffling cases of lameness, presented themselves in due course of writing, it is needless to say.

It is hoped that this volume will serve its readers to the end that the handling of cases of lameness will become a more satisfactory and successful part of their work; that both the practitioner and his clients may profit thereby; and last but by no means least, that the horse, which has given such incalculable service to mankind and is deserving of a more concrete reward, will be benefited by the application of the principles herein outlined.

In addition to the consultation of standard works bearing on various phases of the subject of lameness, the author wishes to thankfully acknowledge helpful advice and assistance received from the publisher, Dr. D.M. Campbell; to appreciatively credit Drs. L.A. Merillat, A. Trickett and F.F. Brown for valuable suggestions given from time to time. Particular acknowledgment is made to Dr. Septimus Sisson, author, and W.B. Saunders & Co., publishers of The Anatomy of Domestic Animals, for permission to use a number of illustrations from that work.


Chicago, Illinois, October, 1916.

Justice shows a triumphant face at the works of humane practitioners, who give serious thought and expend honest effort, for the alleviation of animal suffering.


Page Illustrations 7 Introduction 11


Etiology and Occurrence 15 Affections of Bones 15 Rarefying Osteitis, or Degenerative Changes 16 Fractures 16 Affections of Ligaments 20 Luxations Dislocations 21 Arthritis 22 Affections of Bursae and Thecae 27 Affections of Muscles and Tendons 28 Affections of Nerves 30 Affections of Blood Vessels 31 Affections of Lymph Vessels and Glands 32 Affections of the Feet 34


Diagnostic Principles 37 Anamnesis 38 Visual Examination 39 Attitude of the Subject 41 Examination by... Continue reading book >>

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