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"Required reading for all students and residents authorized to order laboratory tests" does not overstate the value of this textbook. In a year that has seen the initiation of diagnostic-related groups (DRGs) and prospective reimbursement, laboratories under pressure to cut costs, and clinicians under pressure to change ordering patterns, the authors cover the entire issue of laboratory test costs in one short paragraph. Are these statements conflicting? Hardly. The book is just an excellent fresh presentation of a difficult subject, coincidentally published in 1983.
Fundamentally, this book is a textbook. Part I, consisting of seven chapters and 108 pages, scholarly
Choosing Effective Laboratory Tests.. Ann Intern Med. 1984;100:324. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-100-2-324_1
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