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Ferri's Best Test: A Practical Guide to Laboratory Medicine and Diagnostic Imaging, 2e (Ferri's Medical Solutions)

Ferri's Best Test: A Practical Guide to Laboratory Medicine and Diagnostic Imaging, 2e (Ferri's Medical Solutions)
Author: Fred F. Ferri MD FACP
ISBN 13: 9780323057592
ISBN 10: 323057594
Edition: 2
Publisher: Mosby
Publication Date: 2009-04-21
Format: Spiral-bound
Pages: 448
List Price: $49.95

Written by Fred F. Ferri, MD, FACP, author of many best-selling books for primary care practice, Ferri’s Best Test, 2nd Edition, equips you to quickly choose the most efficient and cost-effective diagnostic approach, including imaging or lab tests. Updates throughout, including more than 180 new tests...additional diagnostic modalities...and new algorithms...make this unique and user-friendly reference a must for determining which diagnostic tests to order. A portable, pocket-sized format allows for convenient consultation anytime, anywhere.

  • Offers concise, well-organized guidance to the most common lab tests and diagnostic imaging modalities, all in one single resource, that makes reference remarkably fast and easy.
  • Describes the most common imaging studies for each organ system, reviewing their indications, advantages, disadvantages, and approximate costs to simplify your decision-making process.
  • Examines over 384 laboratory tests, describing the normal range of results in adult patients, typical abnormalities (positive tests, increased or decreased values), and the likeliest causes.
  • Explores 231 common diseases and disorders, providing algorithms to help you select the single best test for diagnosing each condition.
  • Features a portable, pocket-sized format that allows for convenient consultation anytime, anywhere.

  • Features 184 new tests in an expanded laboratory test section; 8 additional diagnostic radiological modalities, including computed tomographic colonography, video capsule endoscopy, and intravascular ultrasonography; and 30 new algorithms in an expanded algorithm section, to provide you with the latest options for obtaining optimal diagnostic outcomes.
  • Includes IU units added to all laboratory tests, to make the guidance more useful to clinicians practicing outside of the US.

Doody Review Services

Reviewer:Vincent F Carr, DO, MSA, FACC, FACP(Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences)
Description:This reference of diagnostic tests is an unusual book. Instead of going into detail about the physiologic basis for a test, this practice-oriented book discusses how to use ancillary diagnostic tests, laboratory and imaging modalities.
Purpose:It is intended as a practical and concise guide for clinicians, and it does that well.
Audience:This is valuable for every level of clinician, from student through attending. The author is a clinician and recognized expert.
Features:The book starts with diagnostic imaging, using an organ-system approach citing indications, strengths, and weaknesses of each modality. It does not attempt to teach how to interpret the image, but rather when to order the test and how to understand the limitations of the test. The second section on laboratory-based tests details when to order and how to interpret the results. The final section addresses the appropriate ancillary modalities for specific diagnoses. This is a tremendously useful book for clinicians faced with an ever-changing landscape of possible tests to order.
Assessment:The extraordinary value of this book is that it enables clinicians to stay current with the newer modalities and details how to obtain the best information for the cost. This is a cost-effective addition to every clinician's library and will benefit patients by limiting their exposure to tests that may not be the most effective in substantiating a diagnosis.