LABORATORY MEDICINE CASE BOOK:
An Introduction to Clinical Reasoning

Jana Raskova, MD
Professor of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Piscataway, NJ

Stephen Shea, MD
Professor of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Piscataway, NJ

Frederick Skvara, MD
Associate Professor of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Piscataway, NJ

Nagy Mikhail, MD
Assistant Professor of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Piscataway, NJ

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Laboratory Medicine Case Book: An Introduction to Clnical Reasoning was conceived as a response to needs of medical students taking a course in pathology and laboratory medicine at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. It became clear to us that the greatest challenge for the student is to make effective use of the concepts of basic science in a clinical context. When the student first encounters patients with real problems, he or she often feels less than prepared. To integrate a variety of information to arrive at a diagnosis is an art rather than a science - the art known as clinical reasoning. The first aim of this book has been to lay the foundation for the development of this skill. With this in mind, we have compiled 30 cases, covering a variety of major disease processes.

We hope that students find Laboratory Medicine Case Book: An Introduction to Clinical Reasoning useful, interesting, and even fun.