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Clinical Biochemistry and Metabolic Medicine

8th Edition

By Martin Andrew Crook

CRC Press

416 pages

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Whether you are following a problem-based, an integrated, or a more traditional medical course, clinical biochemistry is often viewed as one of the more challenging subjects to grasp. What you need is a single resource that not only explains the biochemical underpinnings of metabolic medicine, but also integrates laboratory findings with clinical practice. You will find all this, and more, in the eighth edition of Clinical Biochemistry and Metabolic Medicine.

This well-respected text provides comprehensive and measured guidance to this complex area, reflecting the ongoing changes in our understanding of clinical biochemistry while preserving the acknowledged strengths of previous editions: readability, a firm basis in the underlying science, and a clear focus on clinical applicability.

Table of Contents

Requesting laboratory tests and interpreting the results

Water and sodium

The kidneys

Acid-base disturbances


Calcium, phosphate and magnesium

The hypothalamus and pituitary gland

The adrenal cortex

The reproductive system

Pregnancy and infertility

Thyroid function

Carbohydrate metabolism

Plasma lipids and lipoproteins


Vitamins, trace elements and metals

The gastrointestinal tract

Liver disorders and gallstones

Plasma enzymes in diagnosis (clinical enzymology)

Proteins in plasma and urine

Purine and urate metabolism

Disorders of haem metabolism: iron and the porphyrias

Cardiovascular disease

Cerebrospinal and pleural fluid

Metabolic effects of tumours

Therapeutic drug monitoring and poisoning

Clinical biochemistry at the extremes of age

Inborn errors of metabolism

Genetics and DNA-based technology in clinical biochemistry

Patient sample collection and use of the laboratory

Point of care testing

Appendix 1 Units in clinical chemistry

About the Author

Professor Martin Andrew Crook, Consultant in Chemical Pathology and Metabolic Medicine, Guy's, St Thomas' and University Hospital Lewisham and Visiting Professor, School of Science, University of Greenwich, London, UK

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MEDICAL / General
MEDICAL / Anatomy