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Ordering the right test at the right time can be a complex process. The revised and updated Wallach’s Interpretation of Diagnostic Tests, 10th edition is here to end the confusion. This practical, everyday guide expertly answers the questions physicians most often ask regarding individual disease states, lab tests, and infectious disease assessments. Recommendations are given on when to order tests and how to interpret results, based on evidence-based laboratory medicine. Explore the sample chapter now, and see how this guide will help you save time, avoid errors, and diagnose properly.


  • NEW chapters on genitourinary disorders and transfusion medicine
  • NEW information on pulmonary, cardiac, and neurologic disease states, HLA, obstetric and gynecologic disorders, and molecular diagnostics
  • NEW authors, including specialists in Cardiovascular Medicine, Transfusion Medicine and Pathology
  • A completely revamped cardiovascular chapter with NEW symptoms (Dyspnea, Syncope, Sudden Cardiac Arrest), written by a Cardiovascular Medicine Specialist
  • Includes current molecular diagnostic testing, cytogenetics, common pitfalls, test limitations, and identification of appropriate tests for specific clinical presentations
  • Test sensitivity, specificity, and positive and negative infectious disease probabilities included where appropriate
  • Detailed descriptions of routine and lesser-known tests listed alphabetically, with guidance on when to order and how to interpret results
  • Improved and enhanced index

Now with the print edition, enjoy the bundled interactive eBook edition, offering tablet, smartphone, or online access to:
  • Complete content with enhanced navigation
  • A powerful search tool that pulls results from content in the book, your notes, and even the web
  • Cross-linked pages, references, and more for easy navigation
  • Highlighting tool for easier reference of key content throughout the text
  • Ability to take and share notes with friends and colleagues
  • Quick reference tabbing to save your favorite content for future use

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Valerie L. Ng, PhD MD(Alameda County Medical Center/Highland Hospital)
Description: This is the 10th edition of a compendium of laboratory testing that is true to its subtitle, Pathways to Arriving at a Clinical Diagnosis. The previous edition was published in 2011.
Purpose: It is intended as a guide to the most efficient use of clinical laboratory testing.
Audience: The audience includes primary care physicians, subspecialists, allied health professionals (students or in practice) such as nurse practitioners or physician assistants, and medical and nursing students.
Features: This edition continues the excellence of previous editions. New to the 10th edition is the reordering of the contents from laboratory testing in the context of disease states to separate sections for disease states versus laboratory tests. There are substantial cross-references between major sections, and supposedly the online version is much more facile in this via hyperlinks. (Alas, I was unable to review the online version because my browser needed to be updated to do so and I don't have administrator rights to my work PC to do this.) All sections follow a standard format. The disease states sections include information on additional diagnostic testing (e.g., imaging) and many very useful diagnostic algorithms. The laboratory testing section is in alphabetical order, with a completely separate section for infectious disease assays. Although only three colors are used (white, dark blue, light blue) in tables, algorithms, section breaks, etc., they are used most effectively A few issues. This book was not intended to be an exhaustive reference for all laboratory testing or laboratory medicine concerns (e.g., clinical utility) so don't expect detailed, in-depth analysis of each specific test. In this regard, it is perfect for those wanting a quick overview of a disease and recommended testing. There is a big glitch in the header for the general laboratory test section. From the beginning of the section, the header changes with each page and reflects the tests discussed on that page. Then the header remains "Coombs antiglobulin test" from pp. 885-1091, ending with prealbumin. This same glitch reappears on pp. 1095-1201 when "prenatal diagnostic screening" accompanies the rest of the alphabetical test listing, ending with zinc. One homophone to be corrected: the use of "humeral" instead of "humoral" in the legend to figure 7-1. In measuring this edition against the two previous ones, it's apparent each edition has gotten progressively thicker by one-third. This edition weighs in at a hefty 1,390 pages and 1.5 inches thick. As a paperback with anticipated heavy use (because it is so useful), expect the spine to disintegrate more quickly than previous editions.
Assessment: This edition continues its tradition of excellence. Get it if you want a quick reference for medical diagnosis and cost-effective testing. Treat it carefully to maximize its predictably limited lifespan.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781451191769
  • Publisher: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
  • Publication date: 8/15/2014
  • Edition number: 10
  • Pages: 1288
  • Sales rank: 212,466
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.70 (d)

Table of Contents


Chapter 1: FALTs: Factors Affecting Laboratory Tests

L.V. Rao


Chapter 2: Autoimmune Diseases

M. Rabie Al-Turkmani

Chapter 3: Cardiovascular Disorders

Craig S. Smith

Chapter 4: Central Nervous System Disorders

Juliana Szakacs

Chapter 5: Digestive Diseases

L Michael Snyder and Michael J. Mitchell

Chapter 6: Endocrine Diseases

Hongbo Yu

Chapter 7: Genitourinary System Disorders

Charles Kiefer

Chapter 8: Gynecologic and Obstetric Disorders

Juliana Szakacs

Chapter 9: Hematologic Disorders

Liberto Pechet

Chapter 10: Hereditary and Genetic Diseases

Marzena Galdzicka, Patricia Minehart Miron, and Edward I. Ginns

Chapter 11: Infectious Diseases

Michael J. Mitchell

Chapter 12: Renal Disorders

M. Rabie Al-Turkmani

Chapter 13: Respiratory, Metabolic, and Acid-Base Disorders

L.V. Rao and Michael J. Mitchell

Chapter 14: Toxicology and Therapeutic Drug Monitoring

Amanda J. Jenkins

Chapter 15: Transfusion Medicine

Vishesh Chhibber


Chapter 16: Laboratory Tests

L.V. Rao, Liberto Pechet, Amanda Jenkins, Edward I. Ginns, Marzena Galdzicka, Craig Smith, Vishesh Chhibber, Charles Kiefer, Neng Yu and Patricia Minehart Miron

Chapter 17: Infectious Disease Assays

Michael J. Mitchell and L.V. Rao

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