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March 25, 1992

Laboratory Test Handbook: With Key Word Index

Author Affiliations

University of Chicago (Ill)

 

by David S. Jacobs, Bernard L. Kasten, Jr, Wayne R. DeMott, and William L. Wolfson, 2nd ed, 1244 pp, $44.95, ISBN 0-683-04367-6, paper $39.95, ISBN 0-683-04368-4, Hudson, Ohio, Lexi-Comp Inc, 1991.

JAMA. 1992;267(12):1683. doi:10.1001/jama.1992.03480120123052

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Abstract

This is more than a handbook. Its more than 1200 pages cover the ever-growing field of tests in pathology, with sections on clinical chemistry, coagulation, cytology, hematology, immunology, serology, microbiology, blood banking, virology, and toxicology. This extensive range inevitably requires the book to be multiauthored; fortunately, it is well edited with a most satisfactory style.

The footnotes and key-word index are invaluable, references are pertinent and up to date, and concentrations of biochemical moieties are expressed in both conventional (US) and SI units. This comprehensive text is a must for pathologists and clinicians and is exceptionally moderately priced.

Disadvantages? The type is just too small, particularly for readers in their sixth decade and older. Secondly, with our aging patient population, findings in elderly subjects and patients could have been discussed, eg, in the interpretation of results for thyroid function, glucose tolerance, and gastric acidity testing. Last, I doubt whether the

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