Algorithmic Selection and Interpretation of Diagnostic Tests
The bulk of this practical manual for clinicians is devoted to the discussion of the interpretation of diagnostic tests. Entries for some 400 tests are arranged alphabetically and include information on costs, normal values, and additional tests that can be used to pin down the diagnosis. About 170 of the entries include algorithms of the differential diagnosis of the test. The author also lists appropriate tests for numerous symptoms and suspected diseases. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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