Signs and Symptoms in Family Medicine

A Literature-Based Approach

Series Editor:

  • Mark Davis, MD, MS, Director, Institute for International Emergency Medicine and Health, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Department of Emergency Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA


  • Paul Paulman, MD, Professor and Predoctoral, Department of Family Medicine, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE
  • Jeffrey Harrison, MD, Professor and Program Director, Department of Family Medicine, Assistant Dean for Admissions and Student Affairs, College of Medicine, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, Nebraska
  • Audrey Paulman, MD, Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Family Medicine, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE
  • Laeth Nasir, MD, Professor; Chairman of the Department of Family, Creighton University School of Medicine; Family Medicine Physician , Creighton Medical Associates, Omaha, Nebraska
  • Dean Collier, PharmD, BCPS, Assistant Professor, University of Nebraska College of Pharmacy, Department of Pharmacy Practice, Omaha, Nebraska

Signs and Symptoms in Family Medicine, by Paul M. Paulman, MD et al, provides a unique evidence-based approach to diagnosis based on presenting signs. Focusing on the most common diagnoses observed in a medical practice, the book helps you "think horses, not zebras." A rating system for the sensitivity and specificity of the signs, symptoms, and diagnostic tests aids in the development of a focused and accurate differential diagnosis. This handy, take-along guide is ideal for quick reference at the bedside or a refresher while prepping for the boards.
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Medical students on clerkships/rotations in years 3 & 4; Residents in Family Practice, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, and Primary Care; Practitioners in Family Medicine, Internists and Generalists, Primary Care, Pediatrics; nursing and health students and professionals, specifically Physician Assistants and Nurse Practitioners.


Book information

  • Published: August 2011
  • Imprint: SAUNDERS
  • ISBN: 978-0-323-04981-8

Table of Contents

1. Abdominal Pain

2. Abnormal Vaginal Bleeding

3. Amenorrhea

4. Anemia

5. Anxiety

6. Arthralgia

7. Back Pain

8. Behavioral Problems in Children

9. Bleeding and Bruising

10. Blood in Stool

11. Breast Masses and Nipple Discharges

12. Chest Pain

13. Child Abuse

14. Confusion

15. Congestion

16. Cough

17. Depression

18. Diarrhea

19. Dizziness

20. Earache

21. Family Discord

22. Fatigue

23. Fever

24. Headache

25. Health Maintenance

26. Heartburn

27. Hypertension

28. Jaundice

29. Lower Extremity Pain and Swelling

30. Lymphadenopathy

31. Menopause

32. Neck Pain

33. Pelvic or Genital Pain

34. Polyuria

35. Rashes

36. Seizures

37. Sexual Dysfunction

38. Shortness of Breath

39. Sleep Disorders

40. Sore Throat

41. Substance Abuse

42. Urinary Problems

43. Vaginal Discharge

44. Generalized Weakness 45. Weight Change