Rapid Review Laboratory Testing in Clinical Medicine: with STUDENT CONSULT Access

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Get the most from your study time...with this high-yield print and electronic study package! This volume in the "Rapid Review" series - a series that is highly rated in the First Aid rankings - makes it easy for you to master laboratory testing in clinical medicine. An outline format and abundant charts, tables, and diagrams enable you to quickly access important information, and 212 review questions - presented in USMLE format - provide crucial self assessment for maximum exam and ward preparation. It's the perfect resource for medical students, residents, or practitioners who are preparing for the USMLEs, certification, or recertification.

• Emphasizes clinically relevant content including disease diagnosis, test selection, and test-altering variables.
• Provides an at-a-glance, outline-format review of all of the information you need to know.
• Makes studying easier with a user-friendly 2-color layout, Hi-Yield Margin Notes, and Key Points.
• Offers 212 USMLE-style review questions inside the book at the end of each chapter, with a full rationale for why every possible answer is right or wrong.
• Each of the 212 questions is available online at www.studentconsult.com - using the Rapid Review Testing Tool, providing detailed feedback on which areas you may need to study more.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Valerie L. Ng, PhD MD(Alameda County Medical Center/Highland Hospital)
Description: The title says it all - this is a quick review of laboratory testing.
Purpose: The book is intended as a concise and comprehensive review of laboratory tests commonly used in clinical medicine to assist students, residents, or fellows preparing for various certification exams (USMLE, COMLEX, residency, or specialty board certification).
Audience: It is written for students (medical students, residents, fellows) wanting a quick and thorough review of laboratory tests useful for clinical diseases. It is also intended to be used by practitioners wanting a concise review of contemporary laboratory medicine practice in clinical medicine. It would also be of interest to allied health practitioners who are curious about why certain tests are ordered for certain conditions.
Features: This moderately sized paperback book is a great concise review of when and why to use which laboratory test for which clinical entity under consideration. Each of the 12 chapters is devoted to specific laboratory areas (e.g., endocrine, clinical chemistry, renal disorders, etc.). Of note, this arrangement is different than the organ-system approach often used in medical education. Each chapter presents the information in an outline format. Key facts ("pearls") are in a different color in the margins, so the really time-pressed reader can simply riffle through the pages to quickly skim these. The pictures and didactic schematics are great, and the photomicrographs superb. This book also comes with a link to a website containing additional educational material. I quickly scanned and enjoyed the images gallery. One minor point (easy to fix) are the online quizzes simulating a real board exam experience. Multiple quizzes are available, but the subject matter of each quiz is not displayed, so you have to open each quiz and assess the first few questions to figure out if it covers the subject area you've read.
Assessment: This is a nice review. It falls into the same category of laboratory medicine review books as Pathology Secrets, 2nd edition, by Damjanov et al. (Elsevier, 2005), and Clinical Laboratory Pearls, by Jones (Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2001), but is more basic and concise. It would be a great review for practicing MDs to get up to speed with contemporary laboratory testing practices.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780323036467
  • Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
  • Publication date: 10/4/2007
  • Series: Rapid Review Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 480
  • Sales rank: 817,859
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Professor and Chairman of Pathology, Oklahoma State University, College of Osteopathic Medicine, Tulsa, OK

Associate Professor, Department of Pathology, Oklahoma State University, College of Osteopathic Medicine, Tulsa, OK

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Table of Contents

Laboratory Test Interpretation

Purpose of laboratory tests

Sensitivity and specificity

Predictive value

Precision and accuracy

Normal (reference) range

Variables affecting laboratory test results

Clinical Chemistry

Plasma proteins


Electrolytes and acid-base

Iron studies








Body Fluid Analysis

Cerebrospinal fluid

Synovial fluid


Pulmonary Function

Calculation of Alveolar-arterial gradient

Spirometry and flow volume curves


Reticulocyte count

Complete blood cell count (CBC)

Bone marrow exam

Hemoglobin electrophoresis

Red blood cell (RBC) disorders

White blood cell (WBC) disorders


B and T cells

Immunodeficiency disorders

Human leukocyte antigens


Hypersensitivity disease

Autoimmune disease





Platelet disorders

Coagulation disorders

Summary table

Blood Bank and Transfusion

Blood groups

Rh groups

Blood transfusion

Blood components

Transfusion reactions

ABO and hemolytic disease of newborns

Laboratory Aspects of Cancer

Tumor markers

Ectopic hormone syndromes

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