Basic Skills in Interpreting Laboratory Data

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Mary Lee
ASHP, Feb 26, 2009 - Medical - 832 pages
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This edition of Basic Skills in Interpreting Laboratory Data, 4th Edition is a case-based learning tool that will enhance your skills in clinical lab test interpretation. It provides fundamentals of interpreting lab test results not only for pharmacy students, but also for practitioners as an aid in assessing patient drug-treatment responses. It is the only text written by and for pharmacists and provides case studies and practical information on patient therapy.Since the publication of the third edition, much has changed—in the clinical lab and in the hospital pharmacy. Consequently, the new fourth edition incorporates significant revisions and a wealth of important new information.


  • Three new chapters including new information on men’s health, women’s health, and pharmacogenomics and laboratory tests.
  • Mini-cases embedded in each chapter provide therapy-related examples and reinforce important points made in the text.
  • Quickview Charts give an overview of important clinical information including reference ranges and critical values.
  • Learning Points focus on a clinical application of a major concept present in the chapter.

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Introduction to Common laboratory
Primer on Drug Interferences with Test Results
Substance Abuse and Toxicological Tests
Interpretation of Serum Drug Concentrations
Electrolytes Other minerals and Trace Elements
The kidneys
Arterial Blood gases and AcidBase Balance
Pulmonary Function and Related Tests
Blood Coagulation Tests
Infectious Diseases
Rheumatic Diseases
Cancers and Tumor markers
Interpreting Pediatric laboratory Data
womens health
Common medical Disorders of Aging
Pharmacogenomics and laboratory Tests

laboratory Tests and Diagnostic
liver and gastroenterology Tests
lipid Disorders
Red and white Blood Cell Tests
Appendix A Therapeutic Ranges of Drugs
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Mary Lee, Pharm. D., BCPS, FCCP, is Vice President, Chief Academic Officer for Pharmacy and Health Sciences Education, Midwestern University, and Professor of Pharmacy Practice, Chicago College of Pharmacy.  Dr. Lee graduated with BS in Pharmacy and Doctor of Pharmacy degrees from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science in 1976 and 1979, respectively, and completed a residency at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in 1977.  She joined the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy in 1979, where she served as director of the drug information center and then clinical pharmacist to the urological surgery service at the hospital.  In 1985, she was promoted to associate professor and from 1985-1990, she served as assistant dean of student affairs.  In 1994, she became associate dean of Midwestern University Chicago College of Pharmacy; and in 1998, she became dean.   She served as dean of the College from 1998 through 2006.   

 Dr. Lee has published over 100 research manuscripts, book chapters, review articles, and short reports in peer-reviewed publications.  She has served as an elected officer on the American College of Clinical Pharmacy Board of Regents, chair of the Clinical Section, American Pharmaceutical Association, Academy of Pharmaceutical Research and Science, and as chair or member of numerous committees of APhA, ACCP, and state pharmacy associations.  She is considered an expert on pharmacological issues in urological diseases, has earned board certification in pharmacotherapy, has won numerous teaching awards, and is an invited speaker for many national and international meetings.

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