Carla M Lusi (BSc, PhD) completed a Bachelor of Science at the University of Melbourne. Her PhD (supervised by Helen MS Davies) focused on mapping out the fascial connectivity in the equine forelimb. Helen MS Davies (BAgSci. MAgrSc. BVSc. PhD) is Associate Professor in Veterinary Anatomy, The University of Melbourne. Previously primary author on three anatomy chapters in Equine Podiatry (publ. Saunders 2007) and coauthored a chapter on hoof biomechanics in Equine Laminitis (publ. Wiley 2016 ). Extensive experience in the following aspects relevant to this proposal; teaching veterinary locomotory and regional anatomy to veterinary students and post graduate courses in physiotherapy and other associated professions (25 years); equine biomechanical and anatomical research (25 years); training horses and riders in all disciplines (40 years); treating and advising trainers and riders on the prevention and management of musculoskeletal conditions (25 years); measuring the development of changes in forelimb loading in young horses in training (25 years).
Fascial Anatomy of the Equine Forelimb is a concise book of only 186 pages, filled with numerous relevant and recent images clearly showing the equine fascial anatomy in the forelimb, backed up with informative text to describe the images, allowing identification of all the structures for even a novice anatomist. It is a small light-weight book, with dimensions of only 17.8 x 1.4 x 24.8cm, allowing the book to be easily transported in a handbag or backpack to where-ever needed, whether that be a lecture or practical. The book begins with a brief overview of the general musculoskeletal anatomy of the forelimb, and is heavily supplemented with images, to acquaint the reader of the general area before going into more in depth, complicated structures, i.e. the fascia. In subsequent chapters, the authors have then gone into more detail for each fascial structure in the forelimb, starting at the bottom of the leg, with the digit and metacarpus, and making their way up to the shoulder girdle. The images in the book were obtained during dissections of fresh equine cadaver limbs. They are very clear and each structure is labelled to increase reader understanding. Furthermore, each image is reflected and explained in the text. Due to the vast number of images, this book is very easy to follow and understand, and would be ideal for a student wanting to go into more depth with their equine anatomical studies, and also qualified veterinarians allowing a greater understanding for how the normal fascia should look and function, and how it is affected by pathology, injuries and other abnormalities of the equine forelimb. In addition, the authors have made the text understandable allowing it to appeal to others in the industry, for example, equine physiotherapists or even horse-owners and riders wishing to increase their knowledge about their horse and any potential injuries or abnormalities they may have suffered. I do not believe the book goes into enough detail to provide a well-rounded education on the anatomy, structure and function of the fascial system of the forelimb, and for this purpose would have to be supplemented by another textbook. However, it is a great reference book, allowing readers to quickly research a structure. It has a very well-structured contents page, allowing quick reference for anyone who needs it. In conclusion, Lusi and Davies have provided an excellent reference resource for students and graduates alike. The number of well-defined, relevant and clear images allow quick understanding for anyone interested in the fascial anatomy of the horse. This small book is perfect to have in your handbag, without causing back-problems, allowing the student or clinician to find all the information they need on-site. - Sophie Neasham, final year veterinary student, University of Veterinary Medicine in Kosice, Slovakia