This two-volume second edition was enhanced by the addition of new information, more than 1,850 color photos and 180 radiographs. Drs. Alex Rübel and Walter Kuoni contributed their expert knowledge in the chapter on radiography and imaging. Dr. Douglas R. Mader
authored the chapter on antibiotic therapy which covers the relevance of metabolic scaling of antibiotic dosages. Other chapters include an introduction to herpetology, captive husbandry, a guide to nutrition, infectious diseases, conditions related to the captive environment, hematology, nonhemic parasitology, ophthalmic disorders, reproductive disorders, developmental anomalies, anesthesiology, surgery, comparative histology, euthanasia, necropsy techniques, and pathologic conditions.
References and further reading are given at the end of each chapter.
"… a greatly enlarged and updated version of Frye's 1981 text...The quality of the printing is excellent and the text is interspersed with many useful tables...Dr. Frye is to be
congratulated for this lavishly presented two-volume set which is destined to become a standard reference." -- Brendan Carmel, Wildlife Disease Assoc. Newsletter (Australian Section), September 1991.
"… a masterpiece that sets high standards for veterinary textbooks...contains a unique collection of many remarkable and, mostly, very high-quality illustrations...an essential 'tool of the trade' for all veterinarians, herpetologists, zoologists and other scientists involved
with reptiles...is likely to remain the standard text on its subject for the foreseeable future." -- Dr. I. F. Keymer
"… an exceptional collection of clinical anecdotal experiences and traditional research-based science on the captive reptile. Information...is current and presented in a succinct manner for practical application. Any veterinarian treating reptiles should include this reference within their library. It is well worth the investment." -- Michael Murray, DVM
Journal of Small Exotic Animal Medicine, Jan/Mar 1992.
"This is the ultimate veterinary medicine reference..." -- Erica Ramus, Reptile & Amphibian Magazine, March 1997.
"This book is undoubtedly the definitive text on the subject of husbandry, medicine, diseases , and surgery of reptiles. It brings together a vast amount of information in one comprehensive source. It is a high-quality book that will be a great addition to the library of veterinarians and
herpetologists working in this field." -- James W. Carpenter, M.S., DVM, Kansas State University, Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine 23 (1):140, 1992
"Even with the large leaps in knowledge that has occurred since the publication of this set in 1991, the quality and care to detail still make this a useful work for the private practice veterinarian, the specialty veterinarian, or the vet working in a zoological setting. Dr. Frye blazed a path for many veterinarians to follow
and most importantly build upon. I commend Krieger Publishing for keeping the price of this set at a level that more people can afford. The terrific value of this work will continue for quite awhile." -- Thane Johnson, Library News for Zoos and Aquariums, June 2003