Laboratory Medicine in Psychiatry and Behavioral Science [NOOK Book]

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Laboratory medicine is a complex and changing field, and it is difficult for the busy clinician to stay up to date in this area -- although an adequate working knowledge of the current concepts and practices is essential to excellent patient care. Now, the publication of Laboratory Medicine in Psychiatry and Behavioral Science marks an important advance, placing this key information at your fingertips. This is the only current book of its kind on the market, and the only laboratory reference to which ...

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Laboratory Medicine in Psychiatry and Behavioral Science

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Overview

Laboratory medicine is a complex and changing field, and it is difficult for the busy clinician to stay up to date in this area -- although an adequate working knowledge of the current concepts and practices is essential to excellent patient care. Now, the publication of Laboratory Medicine in Psychiatry and Behavioral Science marks an important advance, placing this key information at your fingertips. This is the only current book of its kind on the market, and the only laboratory reference to which psychiatrists and behavioral health clinicians can turn to find content that is directly related to their work. The book includes an encyclopedic list of laboratory tests and of diseases and conditions, each of which is described in a standard, easy-to-read format. The book also contains useful algorithms such as "Ten Rules for a Normal ECG" and "Medical Evaluation for ECT" as well as standards for laboratory testing related to psychotropic drug use. The author's extensive experience in clinical psychiatry and neuropsychiatry informs not only the choice of tests, but also the rationale for their use. This book will be useful to medical students, residents, fellows, and even experienced clinicians, several of whom have already called the book "indispensable" to their daily practice.

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Reviewer: Aaron Plattner, MD (Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services)
Description: This is a comprehensive reference of laboratory tests and their role in various psychiatric diseases and conditions as well as their use in screening and monitoring different psychotropic medications.
Purpose: It is intended as a reference for psychiatrists of appropriate laboratory tests and other objective tests that may impact the psychiatric presentation of their patient population.
Audience: The target audience includes "psychiatrists and other behavioral health clinicians" who provide care in several different inpatient and outpatient settings. While anyone providing psychiatric care would benefit from this book, likely psychiatrists involved in hospital-based psychiatric care including consult and liaison, emergency room, and inpatient psychiatry would benefit the most.
Features: An introduction outlines the importance of the often overlooked area of laboratory medicine in psychiatry and explains the basic principles behind common tests. The first section provides information on 168 different laboratory tests, including neuroimaging, in a table format that details the type of the test, an explanation of the test, why the test is relevant to psychiatry, indications, reference range, reasons for increased and decreased levels, critical values, interfering factors, preparation of the patient, and cross-references for the conditions found in the next section. The second section continues the table format for 124 diseases and conditions, covering clinical diagnosis and the important laboratory testing detailed in the first section. The third section reviews the screening and monitoring laboratory tests for various psychotropic medications. Three appendixes include a chart of therapeutic and toxic drug levels, additional information on neuroimaging, and more detailed information on cardiac-related tests including algorithms for electrocardiograms and medical evaluation for electroconvulsive shock therapy. References appear at the bottom of each table in each section and at the end of the book. A helpful index concludes the book.
Assessment: This is the single most complete reference on laboratory tests and their role in psychiatry. It is easy to use, very concise, and complete in its entirety. Psychiatrists needs this book, as the assumption is often made that patients are "medically cleared" by the time they are working with psychiatrists, which leads to some complacency on the psychiatrists' part regarding important further laboratory tests. Further, research shows the unacceptably low rates of screening and monitoring for patients taking various psychotropic medications. Some areas of improvement for this book would include adding sections on pediatrics. I would also recommend separating neuroimaging tests and cardiac tests into their own sections instead of including them in the general laboratory tests section.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781585629725
  • Publisher: American Psychiatric Publishing, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/24/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 725
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Sandra A. Jacobson, M.D., is a Senior Scientist at Banner Sun Health Research Institute in Sun City, Arizona. In the past, she worked in Consultation/Liaison Psychiatry and Inpatient and Outpatient Psychiatry at Tufts Medical School and New England Medical Center in Boston, as Director of the EEG Laboratory at Shattuck Hospital in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, and in Consultation/Liaison Psychiatry at Brown Medical School and The Miriam Hospital in Providence, RI. She is board certified by the ABPN in Psychiatry, with Added Qualifications in Geriatric Psychiatry, Psychosomatic Medicine, and (formerly) Clinical Neurophysiology (EEG and EMG).

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Table of Contents

Introduction. Laboratory tests. Diseases and conditions. Psychotropic medications: laboratory screening and monitoring. Appendix A: therapeutic and drug levels at a glance. Appendix B: additional information on neuroimaging. Appendix C: additional information on cardiac-related tests. References. Index.

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