Oxford Handbook of Clinical and Laboratory Investigation (Oxford Handbooks Series)

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9780198566632: Oxford Handbook of Clinical and Laboratory Investigation (Oxford Handbooks Series)

Modern medicine is highly complex, and investigations are a key part of the diagnostic process. With major advances in technology, there are thousands of clinical and laboratory tests available. This book provides a patient-oriented approach to investigation (first part of book) where key symptoms and signs are described along with tests that may be of value in reaching a diagnosis. The remainder of the book is specialty-centred and provides a comprehensive review of all available tests within a given subject. The book emphasises which tests are of value, when tests are not likely to be helpful, along with pitfalls in the interpretation of results. The aim is of the book is to provide a more rational method of investigation and prevent over-investigation which is expensive for the hospital and unpleasant for the patient. The contributors are all active clinicians who are engaged in medical practice, so appreciate the problems faced by junior doctors. The book should also be of value to senior medical students who will be facing finals examinations, and who will soon be on the wards and responsible for ordering tests on their patients.

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About the Author:


Drew Provan is on the editorial boards of The British Journal of Haematology, Blood Reviews and the US web-based journal Bloodline.

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UNEDITED UK REVIEW: "Review from previous edition . . . the 'black bible' has been a very useful find. Written by active clinicians, this is a very practical book, extremely useful for a quick reference on the wards and one of the few pieces of medical literature that concentrates on investigations and how to interpret them."--Northwing (Sheffield Medical School Gazette) June 2004


UNEDITED UK REVIEW: "This book not only tells you which investigations to order in numerous clinical situations but how to interpret the results, which is all-important. It is written by clinicians, is wonderfully pragmatic and the last word on clinical investigation . . . Strongly recommended."--Dr Harry Brown 01/03/2003


"Oxford Handbook of Clinical and Laboratory Investigation, Second Edition is the perfect practical protocol companion for clinical research scientists who need to know which tests to include and how to explain them to the FDA and study personnel."--Journal of Clinical Research Best Practices


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