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Book and Media Reviews
May 24/31, 2006

Clinical Laboratory Medicine

Author Affiliations

Book and Media Reviews Section Editor: Harriet S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA.

JAMA. 2006;295(20):2415-2420. doi:10.1001/jama.295.20.2417

The new edition of this text has changed significantly from the previous edition in ways that are clearly outlined in the preface. The text's new thrust into molecular pathology is reflected by the addition of “molecular diagnostics” to the title and by the separate “Molecular Diagnostics and Genetics” section.

There are seven sections in all; the last is an appendix. The index, almost 100 pages in a small font, is very thorough. As before, there is wide geographic spread and expertise among the 101 contributors and nine reviewers. The editors have done a good organizational job in allocating the chapters among the sections. Each chapter ends with references, from 11 to more than 600 total, and, often, additional readings. Five chapters also list useful Web sites, an excellent idea in a reference text. Some of these sites require further Web travel to reach a site related to one's inquiry, but others lead directly to relevant material. For instance, chapter 41 cites the Web location of the January 2006 American Society of Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics guidelines and the National Marrow Donor Program's clinical and patient data. The colorful sites make a welcome change from the black-and-white print of the book. Figures and boxes are used liberally throughout, and the many tables are comprehensive, for example, those in the appendix, which give a complete set of reference values for analytes, drug levels, and “critical values” with updated references.