Haematology of Australian Mammals

Haematology of Australian Mammals is a valuable guide to collecting and analysing the blood of Australian mammals for haematological studies and diagnosis and monitoring of disease.

It outlines general principles for selecting sites for blood collection and for handling and analysing samples to achieve quality results. Chapters then describe the morphology and function of haematological cells, with reference to the known characteristics of Australian mammals in health and the changes that may be encountered in response to common diseases. Haemoparasites that have been encountered in Australian mammals are discussed next, along with comments on their pathogenicity. Lastly, haematological values from previously published studies are compiled into species-specific tables, providing a convenient reference to compare to the results of clinical cases.

Written descriptions and colour photomicrographs of haematological cells from more than 100 species aid the identification of cells and the detection of abnormalities. Information is provided throughout for representative species from all the major groups of native Australian mammals including monotremes, polyprotodont marsupials, diprotodont marsupials, rats and mice, bats and marine mammals.

Table of Contents

Preface
1. Collection and handling of blood samples
2. The erythrocytes: morphology and response to disease
3. Biochemistry of erythrocytes
4. The leukocytes
5. Platelets
6. Haematopoiesis
7. Cytological characteristics of haematological cells from Australian mammals
8. Haemoparasites of Australian mammals
9. Haematological values of Australian mammals
Appendix I Common and scientific names of Australian (and other) mammals referred to in this text
Appendix II Conversion factors
Appendix III Stains
Bibliography
Glossary

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