As consumers of medical services and treatment, it is important to have a basic understanding of procedures and outcomes in order to make intelligent choices about prescribed health care. The Patient's Guide to Medical Tests alphabetically lists the tests most commonly used by physicians, hospitals, and commercial labs. Each entry includes information on the following: the test itself, patient preparation, procedure, the reference range, what abnormal values may signify, and the approximate cost of each test. The Patients' Guide to Medical Tests is a resource for families, care givers, health care professionals, and all those who wish to be informed consumers of medical services.
In today's managed-care environment, where patient-education issues are emphasized by accrediting agencies, the fourth edition of The Patient's Guide to Medical Tests is very welcome. It explains over 1000 of the most common medical tests in alphabetical order, giving a description of the test, patient preparation, reference ranges, abnormal values, costs, and comments, which include special instructions or precautions. Though this consumer guide is not so exhaustive and complete as the excellent Yale University School of Medicine Patient's Guide to Medical Tests (LJ 8/97), each contains some tests not included in the other. Considering the modest costs, most health collections will want to purchase both volumes. Going one step further, Haessler, formerly a clinical professor at Harvard Medical School, has provided a basic reference for those who want to apply tests at home to verify their wellness status and the potential need for a physician's intervention in the event of symptoms or abnormal body functionings.The result is a solid addition to consumer health-care libraries.James Swanton, Harlem Hosp. Lib., New York
This guide for consumers of medical services and treatment lists 1,000-plus commonly used medical tests in alphabetical order under the name most commonly used by physicians. Entries include brief descriptions of the test, and information concerning patient preparation, specimen type, procedures used, the range of values for those free of the disease, symptoms associated with abnormal values, costs, precautions to be used in evaluating results, and potential risks. Paper edition unseen, $17.95. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.