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In "Contagious Abortion of Cows" by Ward J. MacNeal, the author delves into a crucial yet often overlooked topic in the field of veterinary medicine. Through his comprehensive and insightful analysis, MacNeal sheds light on the contagious abortion phenomenon and its significant impact on cows.

Right from the first chapter, the author captivates readers with his vast knowledge and expertise in the subject matter. MacNeal effortlessly presents complex scientific information in a clear and accessible manner, making this book suitable for both veterinary professionals and interested laypersons. The well-structured layout guide readers seamlessly through various aspects of contagious abortion, from its historical context to the most recent research findings.

One aspect that stands out in this book is its attention to detail. MacNeal demonstrates a meticulous approach to every topic, leaving readers with a comprehensive understanding of contagious abortion in cows. He explores various causative agents, transmission mechanisms, and risk factors associated with the disease, providing real-life examples and case studies to reinforce his arguments. This level of detail not only adds credibility to the author's work, but it also serves as a valuable resource for those studying or working in the field of veterinary medicine.

Furthermore, MacNeal's writing style deserves praise. His prose is clear, concise, and engaging, making for an enjoyable reading experience. Despite the scientific complexity of the subject matter, the author avoids unnecessary jargon and instead opts for an approachable language that ensures readers can easily grasp and comprehend the information being presented.

In terms of organization, this book is exemplary. MacNeal divides the content into well-defined chapters, each focusing on a specific aspect of contagious abortion, facilitating readers' understanding and easing navigation. Additionally, the inclusion of informative illustrations, graphs, and tables throughout the book further enhances clarity, enabling visual learners to follow the author's arguments more effectively.

If there is one minor flaw to be pointed out, it would be the occasional repetition of certain information. While it does not significantly hinder the book's overall quality, some readers might find the repetition slightly redundant. Nevertheless, this does not detract from the valuable insights and knowledge MacNeal offers.

"Contagious Abortion of Cows" is undoubtedly a must-read for anyone interested in veterinary medicine or the agricultural industry. MacNeal's expertise, combined with his concise and engaging writing style, creates a book that is both informative and enjoyable. By shedding light on this important issue, the author elevates the understanding of contagious abortion in cows, ultimately contributing to improved animal welfare and effective disease prevention strategies.

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Agricultural Experiment Station







1. The existence of a specific contagious disease causing abortion in cows has been recognized for a long time, and it is certain that the disease known abroad as infectious or contagious abortion is also prevalent in the United States.

2. The infectious agent is a bacterium first described by the Danish investigators, Bang and Stribolt. This microƶrganism has been isolated from aborting cows in various European countries and in the United States.

3. Bacteriological examination of afterbirths from aborting cows at this Station revealed the presence of this germ.

4. To eradicate the disease from a herd, the affected cows should be isolated, and their genital passages cleansed once or twice daily with an antiseptic solution until all discharge has ceased, when they may be returned to the herd; all infectious material (afterbirth and discharges) should be burned; infected stalls should be cleaned and disinfected; the sheath of the herd bull should be cleansed with a disinfectant solution before and after service, and a separate, clean bull should be used for heifers and clean cows... Continue reading book >>

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