A field manual of camel diseases
Traditional and modern veterinary care for the dromedary
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. The manual 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. A section on procedures explains how to examine a camel, take
samples for laboratory analysis and apply various types of medicines.
- Written in straightforward language, avoiding scientific terminology
- Technical vocabulary is explained in a comprehensive glossary.
- Organised by the symptom or sign of the disease and the part of the body
most affected to help rapid identification.
- Local and scientific names of diseases and plants are given, enabling
enhanced communication and understanding between pastoralist and
- 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.
"I wanted to thank you for... such a valuable book. I have
already [used] it quite a
bit to help with questions posed to me thru AllCamels.com."
-- Becky R. Izen, Webmaster, AllCamels.com
"This manual should be on the shelf of every person dealing with camels.
I strongly recommend the translation of this manual into different languages so
that the herdsmen can really be benefitted. This is one book which, in a
systematic and scientific way, has blended traditional and modern
-- Prof Jit Singh, College of Veterinary Sciences, Haryana
Review in Livestock International 6(4), April 2002
"Care for your camels
Did you know that the camel is the most efficient domesticated animal for
converting fodder into work, transport, milk and meat?
Veterinary services are rare in camel-herding areas (which include the Sahel
and East Africa), warn the authors of this practical guide to caring for the
single-humped camel, the dromedary. The manual is not intended to replace such
services, but to ease communication and cooperation between the pastoralist, the
vet and other specialists, in part by preventive care and early diagnosis.
Ninety ailments are described, according to symptom and the affected part of the
body, in a clear and concise style, making much use of common, local and
The basis of the book is an intensive ‘Write-In’ session of twenty
practitioners from Africa, and West and South Asia who came together at a
writing workshop in 1997, to pool and produce texts and drawings. Their
knowledge will radiate far with this splendid guide."
Review from Spore 95, www.agricta.org/Spore/spore95/spore95_publi.html
A field manual of camel diseases: Traditional and modern veterinary care for the dromedary.
Compiled by Ilse Köhler-Rollefson, Paul Mundy and Evelyn Mathias. Published by
ITDG Publishing and the League for Pastoral Peoples, 2000. 246 x 177
mm, 254 pages. ISBN: 185339503X.
Price: GB pounds 12.95 or US$ 22.50 + postage.
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