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The one-humped camel, or dromedary, is one of the world's hardiest domesticated animals. A vital source of transport, meat, milk and income for pastoralists in the Sahel, East Africa, the Middle East and South Asia, the camel can carry heavy loads for days in some of the world's most hostile conditions. But even camels fall ill. A Field Manual of Camel Diseases is the first practical guide to camel diseases designed for use in low technology environments.
A Field Manual of Camel Diseases details some 80 major camel diseases and conditions, ranging from abortions to wry neck syndrome. For each disease, the authors give the disease signs, its causes, and simple prevention and treatment methods. Both scientific and tried and tested traditional treatments are presented, thus enabling the veterinarian or livestock practitioner to make the most appropriate choice in the prevailing circumstances. Local and scientific names of diseases and plants are given, enabling enhanced communication and understanding between pastoralist and veterinarian.
A list of common medicines and their dosages acts as an aide-memoire. Illustrated throughout by artists familiar with camels to show clearly the diseases and how to treat them.
Prelims (Contributors, Foreword, Acknowledgements, Introduction, How to read a treatment)
1. Managing and treating camels
2. Skin Problems
3. Problems of the head and neck
4. Problems of the legs, feet and tail
5. Problems of the nose and lungs
6. Problems of the stomach and intestines
7. Infectious diseases
8. Non-infectious diseases
Back Matter (Appendices 1-4, Contributors, Glossary, Bibliography, Index)
Ilse Köhler-Rollefson is a veterinarian and founder of the League for Pastoral Peoples. She has worked with camel pastoralists in Jordan, Sudan and India, focusing on their traditional knowledge. Paul Mundy is a British development communication specialist based in Germany. He has a PhD in communication from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and master's degrees in SE Asian studies and mass communication. Evelyn Mathias holds a Dr med vet degree (the German equivalent of a PhD) from the University of Giessen, and an MS in international development studies from Iowa State University. She has conducted research and published widely on traditional veterinary medicine.