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Laboratory Testing in Obstetrics and Gynaecology
     

Laboratory Testing in Obstetrics and Gynaecology

by GD Willett (Editor)
 

There have been many books devoted to gynaeologic pathology but most have concentrated on anatomic pathology. The goal of this text is to provide a clinical pathology view for obstetrics and gynaecology. Continuing medical progress has taken the clinician away from the time where practically all physicians were comfortable with urinalysis, gram staining, etc.

Overview

There have been many books devoted to gynaeologic pathology but most have concentrated on anatomic pathology. The goal of this text is to provide a clinical pathology view for obstetrics and gynaecology. Continuing medical progress has taken the clinician away from the time where practically all physicians were comfortable with urinalysis, gram staining, etc. Though the physician does not actually perform many of the tests, it is still necessary for him/her to know about the testing and be able to interact with laboratory personnel in the hospital. This book will provide lab information to the obstetrics and gynaecological team and clinical information to the lab personnel, ultimately leading to better patient care

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Reviewer: James Aiman, MD (Medical College of Wisconsin)
Description: Although this text has seven parts, it functions as two books: one describing appropriate lab testing in specific disciplines, such as infertility, oncology, genetics, etc. (parts 1 to 6), and one describing individual lab tests (part 7).
Purpose: The author states that "the chapters have been selected to emphasize commonly performed tests, clinical problems requiring multiple or sequential testing, basic laboratory principles, and lab alterations secondary to medications." These are worthy objectives not met in any other book targeted to obstetricians/gynecologists. These objectives are met with some exceptions.
Audience: Though the audience is not specifically stated, this book is clearly intended for physicians who provide care to women. This is a multiauthored book in which many of the authors are junior faculty members at their institutions. Nonetheless, their contributions are generally succinct, focused, lucid, and complete.
Features: The book is slightly underillustrated, and the illustrations are rather inelegant, though functional. The references are sparse, reasonably current, but not always focused to the subject of the chapter. This book is functional, not esthetic. Its constriction, size, and dimensions intend it for use, not show. It will fit in the pocket of most lab coats.
Assessment: Readers should have a clinical text open next to this one. This text will describe the lab test but will not provide a comprehensive discussion of the clinical condition(s) associated with an abnormal test result. For example, serum 17-hydroxyprogesterone concentrations are stated to be increased in hirsute women with 21-hydroxylase deficiency. For some, an ACTH stimulation test is recommended. However, normal and abnormal test results are not stated, nor is the treatment of 21-hydroxylase deficiency. Nonetheless, this book fills a void and should improve in subsequent editions.
3 Stars from Doody
James Aiman
Although this text has seven parts, it functions as two books: one describing appropriate lab testing in specific disciplines, such as infertility, oncology, genetics, etc. (parts 1 to 6), and one describing individual lab tests (part 7). The author states that ""the chapters have been selected to emphasize commonly performed tests, clinical problems requiring multiple or sequential testing, basic laboratory principles, and lab alterations secondary to medications."" These are worthy objectives not met in any other book targeted to obstetricians/gynecologists. These objectives are met with some exceptions. Though the audience is not specifically stated, this book is clearly intended for physicians who provide care to women. This is a multiauthored book in which many of the authors are junior faculty members at their institutions. Nonetheless, their contributions are generally succinct, focused, lucid, and complete. The book is slightly underillustrated, and the illustrations are rather inelegant, though functional. The references are sparse, reasonably current, but not always focused to the subject of the chapter. This book is functional, not esthetic. Its constriction, size, and dimensions intend it for use, not show. It will fit in the pocket of most lab coats. Readers should have a clinical text open next to this one. This text will describe the lab test but will not provide a comprehensive discussion of the clinical condition(s) associated with an abnormal test result. For example, serum 17-hydroxyprogesterone concentrations are stated to be increased in hirsute women with 21-hydroxylase deficiency. For some, an ACTH stimulation test is recommended. However, normal and abnormal testresults are not stated, nor is the treatment of 21-hydroxylase deficiency. Nonetheless, this book fills a void and should improve in subsequent editions.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780865422902
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
05/18/1994
Pages:
328
Product dimensions:
6.02(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.88(d)

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