A Consumer's Guide to Laboratory Tests

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Prometheus Books - Health & Fitness
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Chosen by the New York Public Library as a 2005 Best of Reference Book[P]atients need to have a basic understanding of why clinical laboratory tests are ordered, and what the results mean. In clear, easy-to-understand language, Dr. Ricotta's book provides this critical information for most of the common laboratory tests. Anyone interested in taking an active role in managing their own health care should read this book.-Mary Lou Gantzer, Ph.D., Past-president, American Association for Clinical ChemistryWhen a physician recommends that you undergo a clinical test, most people wonder why they need the test and what the results may say about their health. This informative, accessible, layperson's guide to laboratory tests helps you to understand the many kinds of tests that are performed, exactly what is being tested, and, most importantly, what the results mean.Experienced clinical laboratory scientist Mary C. Ricotta, Ph.D., explains the importance of lab tests in the overall evaluation of health and clarifies the often-confusing medical jargon. Organizing the guide according to various body systems for ease of reference, she discusses:?hematology (blood diseases) and coagulation (blood-clotting)?blood-bank testing and blood compatibility testing'clinical chemistry (glucose, urea, calcium, enzymes, lipids, proteins, electrolytes, and other analytes)?microbiology (fungi, parasites, bacteria, and viruses)?immunology'urinalysis'histology (body tissues)?cytology and Pap smears'molecular biotechnology (DNA testing)Also included are useful appendices that define the body systems and the array of disorders and diseases that can be detected through laboratory tests. A glossary of medical terminology provides useful explanations of unfamiliar terms. This excellent, easy-to-use reference book will help you stay informed about your health and enable you to communicate more effectively with your physician.Mary C. Ricotta, Ph.D. (Amherst, NY), has worked as a clinical laboratory scientist for Millard Fillmore Hospital in Buffalo, NY; a clinical instructor of histology and hematology in the Department of Medical Technology at SUNY at Buffalo; an associate professor and program director of medical technology for Daemen College; and a clinical laboratory consultant.
 

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Contents

FOREWORD BY ADELMO P DUNGHE MD
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ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
17
CYTOTECHNOLOGY
22
HOW TESTS ARE BORN
25
HEMATOLOGY
35
Some Tests Performed in a Hematology Laboratory
49
COAGULATIONBLOOD CLOTTING
73
The Coagulation System
82
URINALYSIS
237
HISTOTECHNOLOGY
253
MOLECULAR BIOTECHNOLOGY
263
GLOSSARY
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BODY SYSTEMS
282
INDEX
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MICROBIOLOGY
147
IMMUNOLOGY AND SEROLOGY
199
THE DONOR COLLECTION CENTER
223

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Mary C. Ricotta, Ph.D. (Amherst, NY), has worked as a clinical laboratory scientist for Millard Fillmore Hospital in Buffalo, NY; a clinical instructor of histology and hematology in the Department of Medical Technology at SUNY at Buffalo; an associate professor and program director of medical technology for Daemen College; and a clinical laboratory consultant.

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