Routine Blood Results Explained, 2d. ed.
Article Type: Book review
Subject: Books (Book reviews)
Author: Skinner, Margot
Pub Date: 03/01/2010
Publication: Name: New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy Publisher: New Zealand Society of Physiotherapists Audience: Academic Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Health Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2010 New Zealand Society of Physiotherapists ISSN: 0303-7193
Issue: Date: March, 2010 Source Volume: 38 Source Issue: 1
Topic: NamedWork: Routine Blood Results Explained, 2d ed. (Nonfiction work)
Persons: Reviewee: Blann, A.
Accession Number: 226728750
Full Text: Routine blood results explained (2nd Edition). A. Blann, 2007 M & K Publishing, Cumbria, UK. ISBN 978-905539-38-3. Soft cover, 151 pages.

The book is one of a number of publications available through the publisher's mkupdate that focuses on easy and practical approaches to understanding the physiology and interpretation of tests commonly undertaken in the hospital setting. The focus in this book which is in 4 sections, is on the analysis and interpretation of tests undertaken in the laboratory. Part I relates to haematology: Chapters 1-3 contain information on the components of a haematology report, the cellular structure and profile, clotting factors, and purpose of coagulation. In Chapter 4 blood groups and the objectives of a blood transfusion are discussed and the following chapter includes a number of case reports and worked examples to interpret the findings. Part II focusses on biochemistry, and the authors introduce the section by providing a clear explanation of the differences between the sciences of haematology and biochemistry. The format for the chapters that follow is similar to the ones in the previous section with an explanation of the key terms and interpretation of their values, followed by a short summary. The section covers water, urea and electrolytes, and their interrelationships in renal function and liver function as well as the role of plasma proteins. Chapter 9 comprises a short explanation of the key risk factors that contribute to atherosclerosis and the following chapters relate to the biochemistry of calcium and the thyroid and blood gases and pH. The final chapter in the section contains cases reports followed by a helpful worked solution for each case report. Part III is highly relevant from a clinical perspective in that it contains an integration of the two components of haematology and biochemistry as they apply to pregnancy, in paediatrics and for immunological conditions. The case histories and worked examples complete the chapter. In the final section, Part IV, the normal ranges that apply to haematology and biochemistry results for adults and in the three situations referred to above are set out clearly in a series of tables.

The book would be a handy shelf text for any physiotherapy department and in particular for physiotherapists needing to refresh their physiology and biochemistry and understanding of the laboratory results filed in patient case notes. The layout of the book is clear, paragraphs are well spaced and figures are not cluttered. There is a comprehensive index as well as a list of text books recommended by the author for further reading. The book certainly meets its function of providing an explanation of routine blood results and uses units and ranges of values for results which are current standards. The one caution with the content of the text over time is that one or more of the international norms may change--this limitation was acknowledged by the author in his preface to the second edition and is a fact that should be borne in mind with any similar publication.

Margot Skinner PhD, MPhEd, Dip Phty, FNZCP

Senior Lecturer

School of Physiotherapy

University of Otago

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