Oxford Handbook of Clinical and Laboratory Investigation (3rd edition)

ISBN : 9780199233717

Drew Provan
920 Pages
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107 x 182 mm
Pub date
Jul 2010
Oxford Medical Handbooks
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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. The first chapter describes key symptoms and signs 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 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. It emphasises which tests are of value, when tests are not likely to be helpful, along with pitfalls in the interpretation of results. This new edition has been updated throughout to incorporate current investigations and management of disease. Chapters on rheumatology, radiology, and renal medicine have been extensively revised. With contributions from active clinicians who are engaged in medical practice, the book will be of value to senior medical students facing finals examinations, and junior doctors who are responsible for ordering tests on their patients.


1. Symptoms and signs
2. Endocrinology and metabolism
3. Haematology
4. Immunology
5. Infectious and tropical diseases
6. Cardiology
7. Gastroenterology
8. Respiratory medicine
9. Neurology
10. Renal medicine
11. Poisoning and overdose
12. Rheumatology
13. Radiology
14. Nuclear medicine
15. Normal ranges

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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