Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorDavid H.MorseMS, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media
by Jacques Wallach, 7th ed, 1026 pp, paper, $49.95, ISBN 0-7817-1659-4, Philadelphia, Pa, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2000.
I had the pleasure of reviewing the previous edition of Interpretation of Diagnostic Texts, and many of the same comments apply to the new edition. It is a great reference and should be available to anyone who has contact with laboratory medicine. The preface details some of the updates, but the basic structure of the text fortunately remains the same.
There are 19 chapters, divided among three sections. The initial section (and chapter) deal with "Normal-Reference Ranges" with another chapter on critical values. As before, the first pages of general principles are the most important, beginning with statements such as "no test is perfect" and ending with "negative laboratory or any other type of tests do not necessarily rule out a clinical diagnosis."
Diagnostic TestsInterpretation of Diagnostic Tests. JAMA. 2001;285(12):1643. doi:10.1001/jama.285.12.1643-JBK0328-4-1