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December 1, 1999

Medical Tests: The Laboratory Interpreter, version 1.0

Author Affiliations

Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorJonathan D.EldredgeMLS, PhD, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media


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by John LaMarca and Ralph Conner, one CD-ROM, requirements: PC with 386 or higher processor, Windows 3.1, 3.11, 95, 98, NT, or later, 4MB hard disk space, $39.95, ISBN 0-683-30594-8, Baltimore, Md, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 1999.

JAMA. 1999;282(21):2084-2085. doi:10.1001/jama.282.21.2084-JBK1201-3-1

The Laboratory Interpreter is a useful program for learning the basics about clinical laboratory test interpretation. The CD Rom was tested on two Windows machines, one of which was running Windows NT. It ran quickly and was easy to navigate.

The main screen lists most laboratory tests used in clinical medicine. One selects a test and then choses high or low level, which leads to a description of the clinical condition. The narratives are comprehensive in some cases but minimal in others. For example, the section on low total protein consists of one sentence, whereas the section on anemia is quite extensive.