Clinical Examination

A Systematic Guide to Physical Diagnosis


  • Nicholas Talley, MB BS. (Hons.) (NSW), M.MedSc. (Clin Epi.) (Newc.), M.D. (NSW), Ph.D. (Syd.), FRACP, FAFPHM, FRCP (Lond.), FRCP (Edin.), FACP, FACG, AGAF , Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean (Health and Medicine), and Professor, University of Newcastle, Callaghan, NSW, Australia; Senior Staff Specialist, John Hunter Hospital, Newcastle. Australia; Adjunct Professor of Medicine, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, USA; Adjunct Professor of Medicine, University of North Carolina, USA; Foreign Guest Professor, Karolinska Institute, Sweden; President-Elect, Royal Australasian College of Physicians
  • Simon O'Connor, FRACP DDU FCSANZ , Cardiologist, Canberra Hospital; Clinical Senior Lecturer, Australian National University Medical School, Canberra, ACT, Australia

The sixth edition of Clinical Examination continues to serve all medical trainees with a clear explanation of history taking and clinical examination. Set out systematically, this best selling textbook has comprehensive coverage of the skills necessary for clinically evaluating patients. Thoroughly evidence based and referenced, in full colour with superior artwork and design, the book comes with free and complete access to Student Consult.
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Book information

  • Published: December 2009
  • ISBN: 978-0-7295-7905-6

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 The general principles of history taking

Chapter 2 Advanced history taking

Chapter 3 The general principles of physical examination

Chapter 4 The cardiovascular system

Chapter 5 The respiratory system

Chapter 6 The gastrointestinal system

Chapter 7 The genitourinary system

Chapter 8 The haematological system

Chapter 9 The rheumatological system

Chapter 10 The endocrine system

Chapter 11 The nervous system

Chapter 12 The psychiatric history and mental state examination

Chapter 13 The ears, eyes, nose and throat

Chapter 14 The breasts

Chapter 15 The skin, nails, and lumps

Chapter 16 A system for the infectious diseases examination

Appendix I Writing and presenting the history and physical examination

Appendix II A suggested method for a rapid screening physical examination

Appendix III The pre-anaesthetic medical examination (PAME)