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From The CriticsReviewer: Edward W. Bermes, Jr., PhD (Loyola University Medical Center)
Description: This text represents an overview of the field of laboratory medicine.
Purpose: The purpose is to supply a readable text to a group with diverse backgrounds. The overview of laboratory medicine presented touches on all facets of the field. A large amount of useful information is provided in a readable form.
Audience: The audience is intended to be a diverse group. To a large extent, this forces generalizations in the text. It is probably best for someone receiving on-the-job training.
Features: In an attempt to cover the entire scope of laboratory medicine, the editors cover some areas (i.e., automation) too briefly and others (i.e., laboratory information systems and regulatory issues) almost not at all. This text only qualifies as an introduction to the subject.
Assessment: As might be expected, this book is written from the British viewpoint and would be much more useful to someone in the British system. For someone in the U.S. several other texts could be found that are much more useful.