Clinical Examination book cover

Clinical Examination

A Systematic Guide to Physical Diagnosis

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.


Published: December 2009

Imprint: Churchill Livingstone

ISBN: 978-0-7295-7905-6


  • 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)



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