This is an online book available in pdf format that serves as a general introduction for clinical biochemistry in particular interpreting blood results. The book is primarily geared to an undergraduate audience in pre-med, nursing or some other medical field. The book offers an introduction to the topic and not a complete study on the subject.
Type of Material:
This is classified as reference material.
The text should be used as an ancillary and not as the main text for a course. The book cannot stand alone and it suggests the student should read further into the topics.
Identify Major Learning Goals:
The book aims to provide an introduction into blood analysis to students in the health professions (nursing and medical students). Can be used as reference material as well as for practice. It is also good for 10 to 12 grade students interested in learning basic chemistry.
Target Student Population:
High school students as well as university students that are just starting to study biology or chemistry. The author recommends it to patients that are looking for more information about blood tests
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
Although no prerequisite knowledge is needed, it is valuable to have a basic understanding of chemistry.
A good solid introduction to understanding blood tests and their results. The content is not meant to be exhaustive and a main text for blood analysis will be necessary.
Further readings are needed to completely understand the material and unfortunately there are no references given as a starting point. The author should include some reference that students can use to get more information on the topics. The book has some typos: Figure 1.7 appeared to be cut off in the text. There are also some typos and some of them cause gaps in information(page 37, section 4.2, paragraph 2, line 6- (is the phrase supposed to say "rule of thumb?"; page 41, section 5.1.2, example box 2, line 4- (the is misspelled); page 50, section 7.2.1, paragraph 2, line 1- (Vitamin D is missing)
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
The book can be used as a pre-lecture reading so that students will have a basic understanding before they come to class. It is extremely reader friendly and very well written. The goals of the chapter are stated at the beginning and there are examples and questions throughout the reading that can assess the reader’s understanding.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
The book is well written and easy to read and understand. Technical terminology is defined immediately after use. The examples in their current medical setting as the values provided in the book are strictly for teaching purposes.
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