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Textbook of Physical Diagnosis

History and Examination With STUDENT CONSULT Online Access

Derive the maximum diagnostic information from interviewing and examining patients with Textbook of Physical Diagnosis. Employing a compassionate, humanistic approach, Dr. Swartz explores how cultural differences can influence communication, diet, family relationships, and health practices and beliefs, and demonstrates that your interpersonal awareness is just as essential in physical diagnosis as your level of technical skill. This medical reference book features numerous high-quality color images, an easy-to-use design, and detailed descriptions of exam techniques, making it an essential guide for physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants.

Medical students preparing for OSCEs or USMLE Step 2 CS; Health-care students; Students in Clerkship/Resident Years

Hardbound, 848 Pages

Published: January 2014

Imprint: Saunders

ISBN: 978-0-323-22148-1


  • Section I The Art of Interviewing

    Chapter 1 The Interviewer’s Questions

    Chapter 2 The Patient’s Responses

    Chapter 3 Caring for Patients in a Culturally Diverse Society

    Chapter 4 Understanding Complementary and Alternative Medicine

    Chapter 5 Assessment of Nutritional Status

    Chapter 6 Putting the History Together

    Section II The Science of the Physical Examination

    Chapter 7 The Physical Examination

    Chapter 8 The Skin

    Chapter 9 The Head and Neck

    Chapter 10 The Eye

    Chapter 11 The Ear and Nose

    Chapter 12 The Oral Cavity and Pharynx

    Chapter 13 The Chest

    Chapter 14 The Heart

    Chapter 15 The Peripheral Vascular System

    Chapter 16 The Breast

    Chapter 17 The Abdomen

    Chapter 18 Male Genitalia and Hernias

    Chapter 19 Female Genitalia

    Chapter 20 The Musculoskeletal System

    Chapter 21 The Nervous System

    Chapter 22 Putting the Examination Together

    Section III Evaluation of Specific Patients

    Chapter 23 The Pregnant Patient

    Chapter 24 The Pediatric Patient

    Chapter 25 The Geriatric Patient

    Chapter 26 The Acutely Ill Patient

    Section IV Putting the Data to Work

    Chapter 27 Diagnostic Reasoning in Physical Diagnosis

    Chapter 28 The Clinical Record

    Chapter 29 Focusing on the Focused History and Physical Examination


    Appendix A Commonly Abused Drugs

    Appendix B Signs and Symptoms in Deficiency States

    Appendix C Conversion Tables


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