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Lecture Notes Clinical Biochemistry, 10th Edition

ISBN: 978-1-119-24868-2
328 pages
October 2017, Wiley-Blackwell
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Clinical Biochemistry Lecture Notes presents the fundamental science behind common biochemical investigations used in clinical practice. Taking a system-based approach, it explores the underlying physiological rationale for tests, with each test explained within the context of disruption by disease. It also explores the value and limitations of biochemical investigations, while helping readers to quickly develop the knowledge and skills required to select the appropriate investigations for diagnosis and management, and to correctly interpret test results. Case studies throughout chapters place the information within a clinical context to further assist readers in the development of test-selection and interpretation skills.

Key features include:

  • A comprehensive, yet concise overview of the science behind common biochemical investigations
  • Helps readers rapidly acquire a fully integrated, practical understanding of biochemical diagnostics
  • Full-colour flowcharts and algorithms detailing the rationale for tests, the biochemical processes involved, and test procedures, for quick comprehension and reference
  • More clinical cases demonstrating application to practice

Now in its tenth edition, this classic introductory, reference, and revision text is indispensable to medical students, and all those who want to quickly acquire a practical understanding of the scientific principles underpinning biochemical tests and a working knowledge of test selection, test procedures, and the interpretation of results within a clinical context. 

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Table of Contents


List of abbreviations

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1 Requesting and interpreting tests

2 Disturbances of water, sodium and potassium balance

3 Acid–base balance and oxygen transport

4 Renal disease

5 Disorders of calcium, phosphate and magnesium metabolism

6 Diabetes mellitus and hypoglycaemia

7 Disorders of the hypothalamus and pituitary

8 Abnormalities of thyroid function

9 Disorders of the adrenal cortex and medulla

10 Investigation of gonadal function infertility, menstrual irregularities and hirsutism

11 Pregnancy and antenatal screening

12 Cardiovascular disorders

13 Liver disease

14 Gastrointestinal tract disease

15 Nutrition

16 Inflammation, immunity and paraproteinaemia

17 Malignancy and tumour markers

18 Disorders of iron and porphyrin metabolism

19 Uric acid, gout and purine metabolism

20 Central nervous system and cerebrospinal fluid

21 Therapeutic drug monitoring and chemical toxicology

22 Clinical biochemistry in paediatrics and the elderly


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Author Information

Peter Rae is Consultant Clinical Biochemist at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, and Honorary Senior Lecturer, University of Edinburgh, UK.

Mike Crane is Consultant Clinical Scientist at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh and Royal Hospital for Sick Children, and Honorary Lecturer, University of Edinburgh, UK.

Rebecca Pattenden is Consultant Clinical Scientist at Western General Hospital, Edinburgh, UK.

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Related Websites / Extra

Lecture Notes Clinical Biochemistry Companion sitefeatures self-assessments and downloadable summary slides for revision
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Students Resources
Wiley Student Companion Site
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