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Lab Literacy for Doctors is an affordable, comprehensive pocket guide to the best lab tests for typical clinical situations, helping you improve patient care.

This unique guide is about which lab investigations to do first. It outlines the most efficient and cost-effective way to use laboratory tests to support clinical diagnosis and management.

In a study published by the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine (2014-03-01), primary care physicians reported that 15% of the time they are unsure about ordering lab tests and 8% of the time they are unsure about interpreting the results. This raises concerns about the need for more efficient and cost-effective lab test utilization. Lab Literacy for Doctors addresses these concerns in a practical, up-to-date, and easy-to-use format.

Refer to this essential guide for:

  • A quick index summarizing the clinical utility of common tests.
  • Advice and information on lab errors, false positives and negatives, and blood and tissue collection.
  • Sections on dermatology, ENT and respiratory system, endocrine system, fatigue, GI and hepatic system, gynecology and pregnancy, routine screening, and more.

Table of Contents

1. Dermatology
2. Ears, nose, and throat, and respiratory system
3. Endocrine system
4. Fatigue
5. Gastrointestinal and hepatic system
6. Genitourinary system
7. Gynecology and pregnancy
8. Hematology
9. Intoxication and toxidromes
10. Musculoskeletal system
11. Neuropsychiatry
12. Routine screening
13. Therapeutic drug monitoring
14. Lab basics
15. Lab investigations index

Doody Review: 94/100 "This is a great book to have handy when questioned about the most appropriate laboratory testing strategy for diagnosis or management. Your reputation as an expert consultant will dramatically increase. Get it!"  Valerie Ng, PhD, MD (Alameda County Medical Center/Highland Hospital

Dr. Christopher Naugler

Dr. Christopher Naugler is a general pathologist and family physician with wide-ranging research, teaching, and clinical experience. He is a professor and the head of the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the University of Calgary, and a clinician-scientist at the Cumming School of Medicine.

Dr. Ethan Flynn

Ethan Flynn, MD, is an anatomic and clinical pathologist with extensive clinical, administrative and teaching experience. He served in the U.S. Navy as program director of the anatomic and clinical pathology residency program at National Naval Medical Center (“the President’s hospital”).  He is a diplomate of the American Board of Clinical Chemistry (DABCC), fellow of the National Academy of Clinical Biochemistry (NACB), associate professor in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the University of Calgary, and is currently the Medical Lead for Clinical Pathology, South Health Campus, Alberta Health Services.