This book has been written primarily for medical students and junior doctors in clinical practice, but would also be a useful reference for postgraduate students in chemical pathology (clinical biochemistry), laboratory scientists, pathologists and medical laboratory technologists. It covers the field of chemical pathology, the biochemical basis of disease, and provides a basic understanding of the relationship between abnormal biochemical test results and disease states. A rational approach to proper selection and interpretation of biochemical investigations is adopted for each organ system or analyte covered in the 28 chapters. Emphasis is placed on areas and problems most commonly met with in clinical practice. Meant primarily as an introductory study book to the subject rather than as a reference text, the materials have been presented in a clear, condensed format to aid the study process. The written text is amply supplemented with relevant illustrations.
Sodium and water metabolism; potassium metabolism; acid-base disorders and oxygen metabolism; mineralocorticoids; the kidney; calcium metabolism; phosphate metabolism; magnesium metabolism; purine and urate matabolism; carbohydrate metabolism; glucose, lactate and ketones; the hepatobiliary system; proteins in body fluids; enzymes in diagnosis; lipid and lipoprotein metabolism; the gastrointestinal tract; the hypothalamus and pituitary gland; the thyroid gland; the adrenal cortex; reproductive endocrinoloogy; iron metabolism; porphyrins and porphyrias; biochemical syndromes of tumours; hypertension; inherited metabolic diseases; nutrition, vitamins, trace elements; pregnancy and infertility; paediatric chemical pathology; therapeutic drug monitoring and toxicology.