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An Interview with veterinary author James Orsini, DVM,DACVS

by Gwen Fancy on 2024-02-26T15:11:06-05:00 in Biology, Veterinary Medicine | 0 Comments

New Bolton Center Associate Professor of Surgery James Orsini, DVM, DACVS recently sat down with librarian Gwen Fancy to discuss his new text, Comparative Veterinary Anatomy: A Clinical Approach.  


Orsini and co-author Nora Grenager, VMD (2005), DACVIM who is also a former student of Orsini’s, drew inspiration for the text from human clinical anatomy texts and the applied veterinary anatomy course Orsini took while a vet student at Cornell. Reflecting on the structure of that course, Orsini felt it was essential that his text approach anatomy from the perspective of the veterinary clinician's process when diagnosing common clinical cases.  


In the text, clinical cases are organized by species, followed by anatomical regions. Each species section includes expertly rendered figures by medical illustrator Jeanne Robertson, beginning with regional and topographical anatomy, followed by penetrating views of the layers of muscle, body cavities, and skeleton of the animals.  To create continuity for the reader, each clinical case walks students through the steps of diagnosis and treatment, followed by the pertinent anatomical features involved. Orsini’s vision was to “reinforce the basic anatomy as we transition into the clinical anatomy.”

Orsini enlisted a multi-generational team of co-editors and authors including Grenager and Alexander de Lahunta, DVM, Emeritus Professor of Anatomy at Cornell and a pioneer in veterinary neurology and former instructor of Orsini’s. 


Dr. Orsini presented a print copy of his book to each of the Penn Veterinary Libraries, and it is available to the Penn community online.   

Post written by Rachel Rosenblatt & Gwen Fancy

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