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This handbook provides a concise reference for the practicing physician and health care provider to use when confronted with a patient with signs and symptoms of either a hemorrhagic or thrombotic disorder. The book contains discussions of the appropriate tests in monitoring the effects of anticoagulant drugs in current use. This includes drugs that modify coagulation and those that modify platelet function.

This handbook is not intended as the definitive work in any of the challenging areas of hemostasis but rather as a guide to help the practicing physician and health care provider initiate the workup of the patient prior to referral to the hemotologist. To this end, numerous case studies are presented in each chapter to illustrate typical patient presentation, appropriate test ordering, and outcome.

Michael J. Sanfelippo, MS, MT (ASCP) - Marshfield Labs, Marshfield, WI