Macleod's Clinical Examination

With STUDENT CONSULT Online Access

Edited by

  • Graham Douglas, BSc(Hons), MBChB, FRCP(Ed), Consultant Physician, Aberdeen Royal Infirmary; Honorary Reader in Medicine, University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen, UK
  • Fiona Nicol, BSc(Hons), MB BS, FRCGP, FRCP(Ed), Formerly GP Principal and Trainer, Stockbridge Health Centre; Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK
  • Colin Robertson, BA(Hons) MBChB FRCP(Ed) FRCS(Ed) FSAScot, Honorary Professor of Accident and Emergency Medicine, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK

2014 BMA Medical Book Awards Highly Commended in Medicine category!

This classic textbook sets out clearly and concisely how to evaluate symptoms and elicit relevant physical signs. It describes the practical skills which every clinician must acquire and develop in order to evolve diagnostic procedures and management strategies and plans. ‘Highly Commended’ in the 2006 and 2010 BMA Medical Book Competitions, this Thirteenth Edition contains over 500 clinical photographs and diagrams to illustrate the text, with new topics added to make the book even more comprehensive.

This Thirteenth Edition has four sections:

  • History taking and general examination.
  • System examination covering symptoms and signs.
  • Examination in special situations including babies & children and the critically ill.
  • Assessing clinical examination techniques

Included on the Student Consult site are the specially-recorded videos demonstrating many of the clinical examination routines described in the main text.

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    Medical students training to be effective doctors.

    Established doctors studying for postgraduate examinations including MRCP (UK) PACES.

    General Practitioners wishing to update their skills in all aspects of clinical examination.

    Nurse practitioners both in primary and secondary care involved in patient assessment and management.

    Paramedics and ambulance workers who are required to know how to examine patients and take a history from them.


Book information

  • Published: June 2013
  • ISBN: 978-0-7020-4729-9


"While aimed at medical students, it is a useful resource for nursing students, experienced nurses returning to clinical practice and the wider healthcare team."

Nursing Standard, January 2014 

Table of Contents

Section 1: History taking and general examination

  • Approach to the patient
  • History taking
  • The general examination

Section 2: System examination

  • The skin, hair and nails
  • The endocrine system
  • The cardiovascular system
  • The respiratory system
  • The gastrointestinal system
  • The renal system
  • The reproductive system
  • The nervous system
  • The visual system
  • The ear, nose & throat
  • The musculoskeletal system

Section 3: Specific situations

  • Babies and children
  • The frail elderly
  • The adult with fever
  • Assessment for anaesthesia and sedation
  • The critically ill
  • Confirming death

Section 4: Assessing clinical examination technique

  • OSCEs and other examination formats