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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Barbara G Miller, MS, RN (University of Oklahoma College of Nursing)
Description: Laboratory and diagnostic tests are arranged alphabetically for ease of use in this guide. Phonetic clues help with pronunciation of test names and a clock shows how much time is needed to conduct the test.
Purpose: The book provides thoroughly updated, state-of-the-art information for laboratory and diagnostic testing. It is unique in introducing an international perspective in a user-friendly format.
Audience: The intended audience is students and practitioners of nursing, medicine, and medical technology. This would be a good reference in the clinical setting for practitioners or students.
Features: The book covers laboratory and diagnostic test time requirements, equipment, indications, and rationale. The alphabetical listings make it easy to find a test, even if you don't know what kind of test it is. A unique feature is the inclusion of international implications for a diverse population. However, the book is wordy and does not make sufficient use of bulleted lists. The international aspect, while noteworthy, doesn't add significantly to its value.
Assessment: There are numerous diagnostic test reference books on the market. Mosby's Manual of Diagnostic and Laboratory Tests, 4th edition, Pagana and Pagana (Elsevier, 2010) uses a more visually appealing format and is a better book for students. However, Delmar's Guide would be a good reference for the clinical setting.