This NEW edition of Contemporary Practice in Clinical Chemistry, designed to supplement the many excellent reference texts for
clinical chemistry, provides a clear and concise overview of important topics in
the field. This book is the most recent update of the 'white book'
(Contemporary Practice in Clinical Chemistry, Second Edition, William
Clarke, Ed.), and can be divided into three sections:
- Clinical laboratory basics — covers laboratory statistics and calculations,
quality assurance, and regulatory issues
- Analytical systems — provides brief descriptions of various methods used in
the clinical laboratory, and
- Clinical systems — emphasizes the physiology and function of the system,
which diagnostic tests are appropriate, and how the test results are
All of the chapters have been updated to reflect the most recent advances in
clinical chemistry. In this edition, we have added sections on NMR, laboratory
automation, standardization-harmonization of clinical tests, body fluid
analysis, and pediatric clinical chemistry.
It is our hope that Contemporary Practice in Clinical Chemistry will
be useful to a wide variety of people. For students, residents, and fellows in
clinical chemistry or pathology, it will provide an introduction and overview of
the field and assist in review and preparation for board certification
examinations. For new medical technologists, this book will provide context for
understanding the clinical utility of tests that they perform or may be of use
in expanding their knowledge of other areas in the clinical laboratory. For
experienced laboratorians, the book will provide an opportunity for exposure to
more recent trends and developments in clinical chemistry.