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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Edward W. Bermes, Jr., PhD (Loyola University Medical Center)
Description: This new book describes diagnostic tests in use today in the practice of medicine. The book covers not only laboratory tests but all other testing areas, including, but not limited to, ultrasonography, radiography, and CT. It also provides a list of key diagnostic findings in more than 500 disorders.
Purpose: The purpose is to familiarize the reader with virtually all major diagnostic procedures and laboratory tests in terms of indications for use, patient preparation, normal findings, and significance of abnormal findings. The author also give associated risks and complications.
Audience: The authors state the book is especially for "doctors, nurses, medical technologists, radiographers, respiratory therapists, and other allied health care workers." This targeted audience may be too broad. Medical students on clerkships as well as residents may find it useful.
Features: This book lists the diagnostic test findings in more than 500 disorders. It also provides information on virtually all diagnostic procedures. The table of contents provides easy access to the area desired.
Assessment: This is a good overview of diagnostic testing "all under one roof"; however, it lacks depth in some areas and suffers from the absence of references. It might be most useful for the office assistant.