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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Valerie L. Ng, PhD MD(Alameda County Medical Center/Highland Hospital)
Description: This one-inch thick paperback is a study guide and workbook on the principles of clinical laboratory management.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a resource to which clinical laboratory scientists (and other clinical laboratory personnel) could refer regarding financial, personnel, operational, and marketing issues related to the ever evolving and expanding area of laboratory management.
Audience: This book would be useful to anyone interested or involved in laboratory management - i.e., clinical laboratory scientists (CLSs) in training or practice, laboratory managers, laboratory medicine/pathology residents, laboratory directors, and pathologists in practice.
Features: This book contains 42 chapters, many of 3 to 5 pages in length. The text in each chapter is introductory in nature - briefly identifying and superficially addressing each of the various issues. Each chapter is then followed by questions, exercises, and case studies for the readers to test their knowledge. Of note, there is insufficient information to answer the questions (let alone the exercises or case studies). A sufficient bibliography and Internet resources accompanies each chapter, so that interested and motivated readers can investigate relevant topics in greater depth. As a practicing pathologist, I found this "triage" style very appealing — I could read the text as a brief and superficial introduction, and could delve deeper into the recommended references/Internet resources if I really wanted to learn the subject matter and answer the questions, exercises and case studies in depth. What I found most appealing about this book were the real life case studies — I've experienced many of these and am still searching for the "right" answer, possible now that I'm armed with the relevant references!
Assessment: I highly recommend this book for anyone interested in laboratory management. This book has useful information and a wealth of resources that should serve any laboratory manager or director well!