17 Essential Reference Books Every Medical Lab Tech Should Own

It’s an exciting time for medical technology. We are seeing new therapies, and technology changes so rapidly that it is important for you to keep up with what’s next. However, being a good medical lab technician isn’t just about focusing on the latest treatments; you also need a classical foundation in the fundamentals.

Building your own personal reference library can be a good way to make sure you remember the basics of medical technology, as well as help you understand the more advanced concepts. Begin building your library as a med tech student, and continue using it throughout your career. These reminders are always helpful, and with the right library, you will have access to what you need quickly. Here are 17 reference books to consider as you build your med lab tech library:

  1. Laboratory Test Handbook Concise: With Disease Index: Great pocket-size reference book for your convenience. You can carry it with you, and refer to it as needed. A great resource that any lab tech could benefit from. Study it anywhere, and become better acquainted with lab tests.
  2. Davis’s Comprehensive Handbook of Laboratory and Diagnostic Tests with Nursing Implications: Davis is known for its great medical guides. You can get a refresher on diagnostic testing, and even make use of the nursing implications involved. A great, complete reference guide, and one that can even be used for those who plan to become a nurse at some point. Besides, even if you don’t plan to become a nurse, understanding more of implications can make you more valuable.
  3. Theory and Practice of Histological Techniques: Learn the basics of histological techniques, and keep up with the latest additions to medical technology. A helpful and interesting reference for combining theory and practice.
  4. Laboratory Tests and Diagnostic Procedures: Use this reference to keep track of different test, as well as proper procedures to follow. Make sure you are following lab best practices by following the tips and suggestions in this book. Plenty of good examples, and illustrations of the proper way to do things. You really can do everything by the book — when you have the book.
  5. Medical Abbreviations & Eponyms: It can help any medical lab tech to understand different medical terms and abbreviations. This is a great reference book for the tech who wants to understand the medical jargon. Never be lost when listening to a conversation between other medical professionals. Make sure you are careful about the terms you learn. For the most part, though,
  6. Widmann’s Clinical Interpretation of Laboratory Tests: Learn how to interpret lab test. You’ll become more effective at your job, and you will better understand how tests work. It’s a great way to ensure that you know how to interpret tests, as well as perform them. Great reference for any lab tech.
  7. Henry’s Clinical Diagnosis and Management by Laboratory Methods: Practical tips and methods that can be of benefit for any pathology laboratory. Use this reference to help you better manage your lab tests and results. Especially helpful for those with management aspirations. A book with the keys to using laboratory methods for better clinical diagnosis.
  8. Mosby’s Diagnostic and Laboratory Test Reference: Just what it sounds like, this test reference can provide you with insights into diagnostic tests, as well as other lab tests. Use this great reference to make sure you are doing everything right, and that you understand what each test is meant to accomplish.
  9. Clinical Laboratory Tests: Values and Implications: Complete and concise, this reference helps you quickly find tests, as they are ordered alphabetically. Clinical facts are easy to remember, and provided in attractive and easy to read tables and charts. A visually attractive reference for your med tech library.
  10. The Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy: Learn how to use lab tests in diagnosis. Your job as a lab tech can help in diagnosis, and in the development of an appropriate therapy. This manual comes from one of the most trusted companies in the world of medical reference.
  11. Anatomy, Histology, & Cell Biology: PreTest Self-Assessment and Review: While this book is often thought of as something for students, professionals can benefit from it as well. Take it out to test yourself and make sure you are still sharp. A great review reference for the lab tech.
  12. Manual of Clinical Laboratory Immunology: Understand immunology from a clinical lab standpoint. This book is aimed at medical lab techs, and a great reference for anyone working in a clinical lab.
  13. Clinical Hematology and Fundamentals of Hemostasis: Great reference about blood, and how to take care of it in a lab setting. Use this book to brush up on hematology in a clinical setting. Perfect for the medical lab professional.
  14. Burton’s Microbiology for the Health Sciences: Many of us forget that understanding microbiology can help a med lab tech in his or her work. Understand the basics, and use your knowledge to improve your ability to run tests and perform diagnostics.
  15. Microbial Biotechnology: Principles and Applications: You can learn a lot from a book like this one. Focusing on the intersection of biology and technology, this book can help you keep up with the latest techniques and information about microbes, tech and understanding lab tests. A helpful and interesting reference.
  16. Medical Laboratory Technology: Pearls of Wisdom: Are you looking for some sage advice about med tech? If you want to make the most of your library, this book can help. It is meant to be a study guide for certification exams. Even if you are beyond these exams, this reference book can provide you with a great opportunity to review words of wisdom.
  17. The Science of Laboratory Diagnosis: The ultimate goal is to use lab diagnosis as precise as possible. This reference can help you learn how to do things right in the lab, and can aid in diagnosis. Understanding your options, and looking for reference books that can help you better do your job, can be a great way to save money and get more accurate results.
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