From the Publisher
UNEDITED UK REVIEW: "Review from previous edition . . . the 'black bible' has been a very useful find. Written by active clinicians, this is a very practical book, extremely useful for a quick reference on the wards and one of the few pieces of medical literature that concentrates on investigations and how to interpret them."--Northwing (Sheffield Medical School Gazette) June 2004
UNEDITED UK REVIEW: "This book not only tells you which investigations to order in numerous clinical situations but how to interpret the results, which is all-important. It is written by clinicians, is wonderfully pragmatic and the last word on clinical investigation . . . Strongly recommended."--Dr Harry Brown 01/03/2003
"Oxford Handbook of Clinical and Laboratory Investigation, Second Edition is the perfect practical protocol companion for clinical research scientists who need to know which tests to include and how to explain them to the FDA and study personnel."--Journal of Clinical Research Best Practices
Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: Valerie L. Ng, PhD MD(Alameda County Medical Center/Highland Hospital)
Description: This pocket-sized book is a comprehensive, all in one text on clinical diseases and relevant laboratory testing. This second edition is a necessary update given the advances in laboratory testing (i.e., cytogenetics, nucleic acid amplification, etc.) that emerged as clinically useful tests since the first edition.
Purpose: The purpose is to present a complete and concise guide to an efficient and complete diagnosis of disease. This is a worthy objective, and the authors have succeeded admirably.
Audience: This book would appeal to virtually anyone early in his/her medical career medical students, interns, residents, and junior attendings. It would also appeal to anyone in the allied health sciences whose daily work involves the various tests discussed, or anyone in the field of healthcare who is interested in why certain tests are done for which diseases.
Features: This relatively small book is surprisingly complete in its factual information. Furthermore, it includes great pictures (radiographs, photomicrographs, nuclear medicine studies, endoscopic views, ultrasounds, etc.). About the first 100 pages is disease-oriented; readers are guided to a differential diagnosis based on the patient's clinical symptoms. The remaining 700 pages describe the various tests available to diagnose disease, according to subspecialty categories (i.e., cardiology, endocrinology, etc.). I found this book to be very useful firsthand when asked to consult on which laboratory test(s) were needed to evaluate a patient with hypernatremia. Sure enough, I turned to the endocrinology section, found the appropriate text, and read off the correct tests to order; all the while sounding like a competent clinical pathologist. This experience highlights the easy accessibility of information and overall clinical usefulness of this book.
Assessment: I really liked this book. It's comparable to, if not better than, many of the other pocket guides for clinical medicine. Now I'll just have to decide which books to take with me on rounds, given that I only have two accommodating pockets in my lab coat.