Ghetie’s Anatomical Atlas Of Domestic Birds

By Vasile Gheție, St. Chitescu, V. Cotofan, A. Hillebrand

Ghetie’s Anatomical Atlas of Domestic Birds PDF. In Romanian, French, English and Russian:

  • Atlas de anatomie a păsărilor domestice
  • Atlas d’anatomie des oiseaux domestiques
  • Anatomical Atlas of Domestic Birds
  • Анатомический Атлас домашних птиц

If certain species, especially mammals, enjoyed the attention of numerous authors who dealt with their morphology in synthesis works, domestic birds were little and rarely dwelt upon.

The present development of poultry rearing, aimed at providing man’s food with a high protein content, requires the extension and modernization of zootechny and avian pathology research. As these specialities are based on the thorough knowledge of morphology, the elaboration of such works appeared as a first-order necessity. The Anatomical atlas of domestic birds is a modest response to this demand.

Synthesizing our twenty-year-long endeavour, the atlas comprises 364 original plates, all of them executed at the dissection table; there were used about 400 domestic fowls (hens, turkey-hens, ducks, and geese) belonging to various races. Besides classical dissections on fresh or formolized specimens, the authors sometimes resorted to corrosion preparations (obtained by injecting the vessels with latex, nitrocellulose, etc.), to specimens rendered transparent by classical methods, or – when describing the topography of thoracoabdominal viscera- to freezed preparations. This mode of presenting the avian morphology was chosen as it allows an easy consultation both for research workers and members of the teaching staff. The precise indication of every anatomical element gives the possibility to find the required morphological detail, thus making unnecessary the perusal of a considerable number of pages.

The explanation of plates follows the international Latin terminology. As an official nomenclature for birds is so far missing, the authors have utilized, where it was possible, Nomina Anatomica Veterinaria (1973). In altogether special situations, they resorted to wide-circulation denominations found i~t&he consulted literature, respecting the principles established by N.A.V.

We gratefully acknowledge the efforts made by the drawers of our laboratory, Iulia Mihailescu and Carmen Sandulescu, to ensure the artistic presentation of the sketches taken after the dissected material.

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