Category Archives: Clinical Skills

Bates’ Pocket Guide to Physical Examination and History Taking 7th Edition

This concise pocket-sized guide presents the classic Bates approach to physical examination and history taking in a quick-reference outline format. It contains all the critical information needed to obtain a clinically meaningful health history and conduct a thorough physical assessment. Fully revised and updated to reflect current health care literature, the Seventh Edition will help health professionals elicit relevant facts from the patient’s history, review examination procedures, highlight common findings, learn special assessment techniques, and sharpen interpretive skills. The book features a vibrant full-color art program and an easy-to-follow two-column format with step-by-step examination techniques on the left and abnormalities with differential diagnoses on the right.

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Oxford Handbook of Clinical Examination and Practical Skills (Oxford Medical Handbooks) 2nd Edition

Fully updated and revised for its second edition, the Oxford Handbook of Clinical Examination and Practical Skills is the only truly comprehensive pocket guide to all aspects of history taking, physical examination, practical procedures, data interpretation, and communication skills. Packed with expert knowledge and practical guidance it gives realistic advice on coping with common situations.

The handbook is structured to allow rapid reference of key information, and to aid understanding with concise and practical clinical guidance. Full colour throughout, it includes over 140 detailed photographs and diagrams of all common examination skills to show you exactly what you need to do and the theory, practice and complications for each. More photos have been included, with over half completely new and specially produced for this edition. Each system chapter covers applied anatomy, history, examination, and the presentation of common and important disorders. Data interpretation covers the basics of x-rays, ECGs and other key areas. A new chapter on the eyes is included along with the sections on body language and non-verbal communication, and the section on practical procedures has been expanded. This handbook will help to ensure you have the confidence and skill to carry out an ‘A’ grade examination every time.

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DeGowin’s Diagnostic Examination, Tenth Edition (Lange) 10th Edition

For more than forty years, the single-best guide for learning how to become a master clinical diagnostician

Much more than a text describing how to perform a history and physical examination, DeGowin’s Diagnostic Examination is unmatched in its ability to help you logically assess symptoms and physical signs to facilitate development of reasonable, testable diagnostic hypotheses.

Part physical examination primer, part differential diagnosis guide, DeGowin’s:

    • Describes how to obtain a complete history and perform a thorough physical examination
    • Links symptoms and signs with the pathophysiology of disease
    • Presents a symptom, sign, anatomy, and physiology-based approach to differential diagnosis
    • Facilitates efficient cost-effective diagnostic testing using focused differential diagnoses

Organized as a practical bedside guide to assist diagnosis, DeGowin’s is valuable as a quick reference at the point-of-care or as a text to study the principles and practice of history taking and physical examination.

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100 Cases in Clinical Medicine 3rd Edition

Each case begins with a succinct summary of the patient’s history, examination, and initial investigation. The text includes photographs where relevant and questions on the diagnosis and management of each case. The answers provide a detailed discussion on each topic, with further illustration where appropriate.

 

 

 

Most of the cases included are common problems but the book also includes more unusual cases to illustrate specific points and to emphasize that rare things do present. The first 20 cases are arranged by systems; the next 80 are in random order because symptoms such as breathlessness and pain may relate to many different clinical problems in various systems.

 

 

 

These true-to-life cases will teach students and junior doctors to recognize important clinical symptoms and signs and to develop the diagnostic and management skills needed for the cases they will encounter on the job.

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OSCEs for Intensive Care Medicine (Oxford Higher Specialty Training) – October 2020 Release

OSCEs for Intensive Care Medicine is a comprehensive revision resource for doctors preparing to take the Fellowship of the Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine (FFICM) and the European Diploma in Intensive Care Medicine (EDIC).

Written by a team of practicing intensive care consultants with extensive experience running a successful FFCIM course, this book features over 100 practice questions organised into eight mock OSCE exams and is mapped to both the FFCIM and CoBaTrICE curricula. Reflecting the real exams, they are divided into stations on professionalism, data, resuscitation, and equipment, each of which are accompanied by further reading to ensure high-quality self-assessment.

With hints and tips throughout to help candidates avoid common mistakes and misconceptions, this book is essential reading for any doctor preparing for the FFCIM or EDIC OSCE exams.

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The Easy Guide to Focused History Taking for OSCEs (2nd Edition)

This straightforward guide to taking patient history comprehensively covers all of the commonly seen OSCE scenarios within the current undergraduate medical curriculum. The Easy Guide to Focused History Taking for OSCEs includes introductory chapters with general OSCE guidance, mapping onto the Calgary-Cambridge model. These include tips from recently qualified doctors and highly respected physicians and surgeons who commonly examine OSCEs, as well as a sample OSCE marking scheme.

The book then covers 56 histories based on presenting complaints – more than any other text on the market – thoroughly testing both knowledge and examination technique. Each history is based around the exam requirements, with mnemonics, ‘red flag’ symptom boxes and list-based breakdowns to aid prompt recall. Common and serious differentials are highlighted, as well as investigations to help rule out the serious conditions. Each section concludes by outlining key aspects for each differential diagnosis as well as a list of investigations and management options.

With this book, every student will be well equipped to tackle any clinical problem, in the OSCE examination and also in their continued professional practice.

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Symptom to Diagnosis An Evidence Based Guide – 4th Edition

“This book is a tremendous asset for students and residents learning to develop their diagnostic skills. It can also be useful as a refresher for established clinicians when the more common diagnoses are not the cause of a patient’s complaints.”
―Doody’s Review

An engaging case-based approach to learning the diagnostic process in internal medicine

Symptom to Diagnosis, Fourth Edition teaches an evidence-based, step-by-step process for evaluating, diagnosing, and treating patients based on their clinical complaints. By applying this process clinicians will be able to recognize specific diseases and prescribe the most effective therapy.

Each chapter is built around a common patient complaint that illustrates essential concepts and provides insight into the process by which the differential diagnosis is identified.  As the case progresses, clinical reasoning is explained in detail. The differential diagnosis for that particular case is summarized in tables that highlight the clinical clues and important tests for the leading diagnostic hypothesis and alternative diagnostic hypotheses. As the chapter progresses, the pertinent diseases are reviewed. Just as in real life, the case unfolds in a stepwise fashion as tests are performed and diagnoses are confirmed or refuted.

Completely updated to reflect the latest research in clinical medicine, this fourth edition is enhanced by algorithms, summary tables, questions that direct evaluation, and an examination of recently developed diagnostic tools and guidelines. Clinical pearls are featured in every chapter. Coverage for each disease includes: Textbook Presentation, Disease Highlights, Evidence-Based Diagnosis, and Treatment.

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Roberts and Hedges’ Clinical Procedures in Emergency Medicine and Acute Care (7th Edition)

Comprehensive, detailed, and up to date, Roberts and & Hedges’ Clinical Procedures in Emergency Medicine and Acute Care, 7th Edition, provides highly visual coverage of both common and uncommon procedures encountered in emergency medicine and acute care practice. It clearly describes the ins and outs of every procedure you’re likely to consider, such as howwhywhen to, and when not to perform them, and recommends other emergency or acute care procedures that may be an option. Thoroughly revised and updated throughout, the 7th Edition remains the most well-known and trusted procedures manual in its field.

  • Provides clear, detailed information for practitioners at all levels of experience, – from trainees who are unfamiliar with a specific procedure to those with experience in the technique.
    • Covers the latest equipment, devices, drug therapies, and techniques you need to know for the effective practice of emergency medicine and acute care.

 

    • Features new and updated information on ultrasound throughout the text, including Ultrasound Boxes that are expertly written and richly illustrated with photographs and clinical correlative images.

 

    • Includes more Procedure Boxes that allow you to see entire procedures at a glance, functioning as a mini-atlas that allows you to quickly grasp how to perform a procedure.

 

    • Contains more than 100 new figures―of more than 3,500 images total―including new color photographs, new Ultrasound Boxes, and new algorithms.

 

    • Features a new chapter on Procedures in the Setting of Anticoagulation.

 

    • Covers hot topics such as novel loop abscess drainage technique, ENT techniques, and ophthalmology techniques, as well as procedures performed by acute care practitioners such as sedation of the agitated patient, alternate methods of drug delivery, and common errors and complications in the acute care setting.

 

  • Expert Consult™ eBook version included with purchase. This enhanced eBook experience allows you to search all of the text, figures, and references from the book on a variety of devices. You’ll also have access to nearly 250 procedural videos.

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Ferri’s Netter Patient Advisor: 2nd Edition

Beautifully illustrated, the new edition of Ferri’s Netter Patient Advisor, by Fred F. Ferri, MD, FACP, helps patients to understand what their illness is and to comply with recommended treatment. Designed with the end user in mind, it features over 725 printable, succinct, and highly visual patient education handouts (500 of which are in the printed book) that provide all the information patients need, in a quick and memorable manner. More than 175 new handouts address timely topics such as Bed Bugs, Childhood Nutrition, and Pneumoconiosis. Clear explanations by renowned author Dr. Fred Ferri, combined with more than 2,000 Netter and Netter-style illustrations, provide an easy understanding of each health condition and what patients can do to facilitate their own care. A companion website featuring annual regular lets you customize and print out patient instructions for all topics – including 500 in Spanish. It’s the perfect way to help your patients become informed and active partners in their healthcare management.

  • Involve your patients in the treatment and management of their health. More than 2,000 Netter and Netter-style illustrations combined with clear, concise explanations from Dr. Fred F. Ferri help patients understand their illness and what they can do to facilitate treatment.
  • Ensure the best patient encounters and outcomes with downloadable, customizable English and Spanish patient education guides on www.netterreference.com covering 775 topics.
  • Educate your patients about timely topics such as Bed Bugs, Childhood Nutrition, Pneumoconiosis, and more. 175 new topics are new to this edition.

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Hutchison’s Clinical Methods: An Integrated Approach to Clinical Practice – 24th Edition (June 2017 Release)

Hutchison’s Clinical Methods, first published more than a century ago, is the classic textbook on clinical skills. It provides an outstanding source of learning and reference for undergraduate medical students and postgraduate doctors. It seeks to teach an integrated approach to clinical practice, so that new methods and investigations are grafted onto established patterns of clinical practice, rather than added on as something extra. The text is organised so that both system-related and problem-oriented chapters are included. Particular emphasis is placed on the importance of the doctor-patient relationship, the essential skills needed for clinical examination, and for planning the appropriate choice of investigations in diagnosis and management. Hutchison’s Clinical Methods is an invaluable resource for all those learning and training in medicine and is an essential adjunct to a standard textbook of medicine, surgery or other specialty.

  • The book provides a comprehensive account of the traditional methods of patient history-taking and examination but is updated with a full account of the role of modern investigative techniques.
  • This is a book for students of all ages and all degrees of experience.
    • This established textbook of clinical methods has been thoroughly reviewed by an international group of students and trainee doctors to ensure the text concentrates on the basic principles of history and examination in all the various clinical settings which medical students need to master.
    • The global perspective of the book has been enhanced with a new International Advisory Board recruited from South Asia and the Middle East.

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