This is a pocket-sized version of Lexi-Comp's "Laboratory Test Handbook", designed as a quick reference for clinical lab test information. The Concise Edition offers abridged information on patient preparation, specimen collection/ handling, and clinical test result interpretation. All healthcare professionals with an interest in laboratory medicine will find the "Laboratory Test Handbook Concise" a convenient, portable reference tool.This handy reference addresses the needs of practicing healthcare providers who require a source of information about the laboratory and its testing procedures. Over 875 tests are alphabetically featured, with up to 25 fields of information per test. A handy acronyms and abbreviations glossary is included as a guide to assist in interpretation of frequenctly used terminology. A unique disease index provides a reference to test names based on a diagnostic property, disease entity, organ system, or syndrome for which the test may be useful.This book features: updated monographs on SARS and potential chemical biological warfare topics (West Nile Virus, Yersinia, Smallpox, and Anthrax); updated cholesterol and glucose guidelines new tests including newborn screening by tandem mass spectrometry, b-type natriuretic peptide, serum myeloperoxidas, HPV, and CD40; extensive revisions to reflect contemporary medical; and, updated reference and Web Site information.