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December 16, 1983

Clinical Interpretation of Laboratory Tests

Author Affiliations

University of South Carolina School of Medicine Columbia

JAMA. 1983;250(23):3234. doi:10.1001/jama.1983.03340230082039

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This is the ninth edition of a paperbound book designed to assist clinicians in "selecting laboratory procedures, interpreting reported results, and synthesizing data into useful and coherent clinical contexts." The current edition has undergone extensive revision, and new sections have also been added.

Although there are several encyclopedic texts devoted to clinical interpretation of laboratory data, there is a need for a handy reference source like this, and it is certainly as useful as similar competitive publications. Organized along conventional lines (ie, major sections devoted to hematology, immunology, chemistry, and microbiology), material is presented in crisp, easy-to-read fashion. In fact, if there is a weakness to the book, it may well be that some areas are too crisp and therefore lack enough detail to develop important clinical points. For example, although the author stresses use of "charts, lists, and tabular material," the section on hepatitis B is presented without the