This book considers what happens to the body's chemistry when affected by disease. Each chapter explains the principle involved and its application to clinical practice. In addition, there is discussion of diagnostic techniques and specific details about patient management. This book stresses how clinical chemistry relates to the practice of medicine by incorporating over 100 real patient case histories. The text is comprehensive yet succinct and is complemented by 100 full colour line illustrations. Self assessment material based on clinical vignettes is provided.
Biochemical tests in clinical medicine. Water, sodium and potassium. Hydrogen ion homoeostasis and blood gases. The kidneys. The liver. The gastrointestinal tract. The hypothalamus and pituitary gland. The adrenal glands. The thyroid gland. The gonads. Disorders of carbohydrate metabolism. Calcium phosphate and magnesium. Palsma protein and enzymes. Lipids, lipoproteins and cardiovascular disease. The locomotor and nervous systemns. Inherited meatbolic disease. Disorders of haemoproteins, porthyrins and iron. Metabolic aspects of malignant disease. Therapeutic drug monitoring and chemical aspects of toxicology. Clinical nutrition. Clinical chemistry at the extremes of age.