Clinical and Laboratory Investigation

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Modern medicine is highly complex and investigations are a key part of the diagnostic process. With major advances in technology there are thousands of clinical and laboratory tests available. The 'Oxford Handbook of Clinical & Laboratory Investigation' provides a patient-oriented approach to investigation where key symptoms and signs are described along with tests that may be of value in reaching a diagnosis. The remainder of the Handbook is specialty-centered and provides a comprehensive review of all ...
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Overview

Modern medicine is highly complex and investigations are a key part of the diagnostic process. With major advances in technology there are thousands of clinical and laboratory tests available. The 'Oxford Handbook of Clinical & Laboratory Investigation' provides a patient-oriented approach to investigation where key symptoms and signs are described along with tests that may be of value in reaching a diagnosis. The remainder of the Handbook is specialty-centered and provides a comprehensive review of all available tests within a given subject. Contributors are all active clinicians who are engaged in medical practice, who appreciate the problems faced by junior doctors. The Handbook should also be of value to senior medical students, and who will soon be on the wards and responsible for ordering tests on their patients.
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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

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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.

4 Stars! from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198566632
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 12/28/2005
  • Series: Oxford Handbooks Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 838
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 4.20 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Drew Provan is on the editorial boards of The British Journal of Haematology, Blood Reviews and the US web-based journal Bloodline.

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Table of Contents

Foreword
1 Symptoms & signs 3
2 Endocrinology & metabolism 107
3 Haematology 197
4 Immunology & allergy 287
5 Infectious & tropical diseases 327
6 Cardiology 379
7 Gastroenterology 439
8 Respiratory medicine 471
9 Neurology 517
10 Renal medicine 567
11 Poisoning & overdose 607
12 Rheumatology 639
13 Radiology 651
14 Nuclear medicine 727
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