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Extremely helpful for med students!
on February 14, 2007
This book really explains what lab values mean, exactly what causes elevations and depressions, gives a differential diagnosis for each, and lists pathologic, physiologic, and pharmacologic factors that might influence each lab value. It even includes how to perform the tests (eg what kind of blood tube), what to tell the patient before the test, other tests that are associated, and what other tests one might need to order. My only complaint is that it isn't completely exhaustive as far as the tests included. It's definitely geared towards learners, and not really a complete reference for experienced providers. If you are a medical, nursing, PA, or other such student, this book will be tremendously valuable with interpreting lab values.