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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Valerie L. Ng, PhD MD(Alameda County Medical Center/Highland Hospital)
Description: This comprehensive study guide for clinical laboratory science is an update of a 1997 publication.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a study guide and review for those preparing for clinical laboratory scientist (CLS) certification exams and licensure. This is important, given the overwhelming shortage of CLSs in the workforce and the need to do everything we can to get more.
Audience: This book is of obvious appeal to CLS students preparing for certification and licensure exams, but it also is useful to many in practice (CLSs, pathologists, internists, internal medicine subspecialists, midlevel providers, nurses, etc.) who are interested in how the laboratory does testing.
Features: This deceptively slim, full-sized, softcover book is truly a comprehensive review of clinical laboratory science. The 11 chapters focus on the traditional clinical laboratory scientific disciplines (chemistry, hematology, microbiology, etc.). Each chapter presents concise and pretty comprehensive information in an annotated outline format. A very nice feature is the online tie-in. Once you register on the web site, you can access case studies, an image bank (nice photomicrographs!), a large (500 questions) quiz bank, and the full text of the book. This is great for studying at the local free Wi-Fi coffee shop. A few nitpicky issues: Levey-Jennings is misspelled ("Levy-Jennings"); the image bank photomicrographs don't have labels, so you better refer to the book to make sure you're looking at the correct image; and I question one small fact I stumbled across (chapter 2, p. 81, "The presence of clinical bleeding with lupus-like anticoagulant is found only in patients with high titers of anticoagulants." Wait a minute, isn't the lupus anticoagulant associated with clotting and not bleeding?).
Assessment: I would use this book if I were studying for a CLS certification exam and I would use this book as a self-study review of clinical laboratory science. It's a great value.