Algorithmic Selection and Interpretation of Diagnostic Tests

Algorithmic Selection and Interpretation of Diagnostic Tests

by R. Douglas Collins
     
 

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Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: Ruric (Andy) Anderson, MD (University of Chicago Hospitals)
Description: This book lists and defines available diagnostic tests. Detailed testing algorithms are outlined and testing options for specific symptoms and diagnoses are given.
Purpose: The purpose is to be a practical manual that will aid the clinician in the selection and interpretation of diagnostic tests in a cost-effective manner.
Audience: The audience is intended to be the practicing clinician. Primary care physicians will find this book most useful. Students and house officers also will enhance their differential diagnostic skills based on the testing options and algorithms in the text. The author is a consulting internist and neurologist at a community hospital.
Features: The only illustrations in this book are the algorithms. The index and table of contents add little given that the testing, symptoms, and diagnoses are listed alphabetically. The bibliography is limited and primarily lists other similar texts.
Assessment: The listing of available testing is adequately comprehensive. Discussion and interpretation of the tests is brief but instructive. Many of the algorithms are useful for diagnostic strategy. However, the goal of cost-effectiveness is not met in this text. Listings of multiple tests to consider provide no indication of prioritization and may encourage unnecessary and potentially harmful testing. An individual practitioner might enjoy this book as a resource but should be cautious about using this book as a guide.
2 Stars from Doody
Ruric (Andy) Anderson
This book lists and defines available diagnostic tests. Detailed testing algorithms are outlined and testing options for specific symptoms and diagnoses are given. The purpose is to be a practical manual that will aid the clinician in the selection and interpretation of diagnostic tests in a cost-effective manner. The audience is intended to be the practicing clinician. Primary care physicians will find this book most useful. Students and house officers also will enhance their differential diagnostic skills based on the testing options and algorithms in the text. The author is a consulting internist and neurologist at a community hospital. The only illustrations in this book are the algorithms. The index and table of contents add little given that the testing, symptoms, and diagnoses are listed alphabetically. The bibliography is limited and primarily lists other similar texts. The listing of available testing is adequately comprehensive. Discussion and interpretation of the tests is brief but instructive. Many of the algorithms are useful for diagnostic strategy. However, the goal of cost-effectiveness is not met in this text. Listings of multiple tests to consider provide no indication of prioritization and may encourage unnecessary and potentially harmful testing. An individual practitioner might enjoy this book as a resource but should be cautious about using this book as a guide.
Booknews
The bulk of this practical manual for clinicians is devoted to the discussion of the interpretation of diagnostic tests. Entries for some 400 tests are arranged alphabetically and include information on costs, normal values, and additional tests that can be used to pin down the diagnosis. About 170 of the entries include algorithms of the differential diagnosis of the test. The author also lists appropriate tests for numerous symptoms and suspected diseases. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780683304268
Publisher:
Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
Publication date:
01/01/1998
Pages:
716
Product dimensions:
4.33(w) x 8.27(h) x (d)

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