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"What tests do I order, and what do the results mean?" Interpretation of Diagnostic Tests, Eighth Edition provides the answers—quickly and clearly—for a vast range of adult and pediatric conditions. Arranged by organ system, the book summarizes the available tests for most diseases, explains what the results mean, and discusses differential diagnoses.

This thoroughly updated edition includes additional tests based on molecular biology, new data on the use of genetic tests, and many new diagnostic laboratory tests in chemistry. Imaging tests are included where they play a key role in diagnosis. The section on chemical and microbiological terrorism has been expanded.

Readers can search for information in the way that best suits their needs—by index, table of contents, test results, or specific disease. Also included are extensive tables of normal and panic values, tables comparing test results in similar diseases, and an appendix of conversion factors between conventional and SI units.

"What tests do I order, and what do the results mean?" Interpretation of Diagnostic Tests, Eighth Edition provides the answers--quickly and clearly--for a vast range of adult and pediatric conditions. Arranged by organ system, the book summarizes the available tests for most diseases, explains what the results mean, and discusses differential diagnoses. This thoroughly updated edition includes additional tests based on molecular biology, new data on the use of genetic tests, and many new diagnostic laboratory tests in chemistry. Imaging tests are included where they play a key role in diagnosis. The section on chemical and microbiological terrorism has been expanded. Readers can search for information in the way that best suits their needs--by index, table of contents, test results, or specific disease. Also included are extensive tables of normal and panic values, tables comparing test results in similar diseases, and an appendix of conversion factors between conventional and SI units.

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Reviewer: Valerie L. Ng, PhD MD(Alameda County Medical Center/Highland Hospital)
Description: This is the eighth edition of a comprehensive guide for interpreting diagnostic tests. The previous edition was published in 2000.
Purpose: The purpose of this book has always been to provide a guide to how best use laboratory testing and interpret laboratory results to correctly, cost-effectively, and efficiently diagnose diseases, and provide optimal patient care. This is a worthy objective and the author has met it well.
Audience: This is best suited for consumers of clinical laboratories: physicians (students, residents, fellows, practitioners), other licensed independent practitioners, and all allied health personnel. It would also be useful to clinical laboratorians interested in how results they generate influence patient care.
Features: This book has gotten considerably larger with this edition (6 x 9 x 1.25 inches) and has significant heft; it won't fit in a pocket. Aside from the introductory chapters, the bulk of the book is divided along organ systems (analogous to the Merck Index). Each section contains a pretty comprehensive listing of diseases and appropriate laboratory testing recommendations. This edition is distinguished from previous ones by the inclusion of updated material relevant to newer technologies (molecular, HPLC, chromosomal analyses, etc.). This is truly an all encompassing compendium of medical diseases and related laboratory findings. As an example, I was quite pleased to see the inclusion of idiopathic CD4 lymphocytopenia, an entity that didn't exist until a method to reliably measure CD4 cells was developed. This is an indication of the wealth of esoterica in this edition. I noticed a few minor detracting items. The first chapter could use a fuller discussion of likelihood ratios (including the equations for calculating negative and positive LRs) and inclusion of the nomogram that quickly allows one to factor the LR and pretest probability into a post-test probability. Figure 5-3 contains a pretty significant error in that two curves are labeled as cTnI, when one should be labeled as cTnT. The d-dimer discussion in the respiratory section is excellent in distinguishing the different varieties of d-dimer testing for respiratory conditions versus clotting disorders, but it would have been valuable to repeat or cross-reference it in the clotting section. The relative lack of d-dimer discussion in the clotting section is unusual.
Assessment: This is a pretty useful book. I would recommend it to physicians and allied health practitioners.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780781730556
  • Publisher: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
  • Publication date: 1/10/2007
  • Series: Interpretation of Diagnostic Tests (Wallach) Series
  • Edition description: Eighth Edition
  • Edition number: 8
  • Pages: 1200
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction to Normal Values (Reference Ranges)

Critical Values

Core Blood Analytes: Alterations by Diseases

Urine

Cardiovascular Diseases

Respiratory Diseases

Gastrointestinal Diseases

Hepatobiliary Diseases and Diseases of the Pancreas

Central and Peripheral Nervous System Disorders

Musculoskeletal and Joint Diseases

Hematology

Metabolic and Hereditary Disorders

Endocrine Diseases

Genitourinary Diseases

Infectious Diseases

Miscellaneous Diseases

Disorders Due to Physical and Chemical Agents

Therapeutic Drug Monitoring and Drug Effects

Body Substances

Appendix A. Abbreviations and Acronyms

Appendix B. Conversion Factors between Conventional and Système International Units

Appendix C. Summary of Causes of and Diagnostic Tests for Spurious Laboratory Results

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