Clinical Examination Essentials - 4th Edition - ISBN: 9780729542289, 9780729582582

Clinical Examination Essentials

4th Edition

An Introduction to Clinical Skills (and how to pass your clinical exams)

Authors: Nicholas Talley Simon O’Connor
eBook ISBN: 9780729582582
eBook ISBN: 9780729585293
Paperback ISBN: 9780729542289
Imprint: Elsevier
Published Date: 28th October 2015
Page Count: 376

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From the authors that brought you the bestselling Clinical Examination comes Talley and O'Connor's Clinical Examination Essentials, 4th Edition

Clinical Examination Essentials 4e provides an introduction to the essential skills required to successfully pass your clinical exams.This text equips medical students with the confidence to assess patients by acquiring a detailed patient history and conducting a thorough physical examination.

The chapters are systematic and provide a thorough overview following by some examples of how to use learned skills in practice- both in the healthcare setting and in examinations.

If you are looking to further develop your history taking and examination technique, Clinical Examination: A Systematic Guide to Physical Diagnosis provides greater detail (and more jokes) for senior students and graduates.

Key Features

  • Hint Boxes present handy information which assists students and junior doctors in correctly diagnosing patients, e.g. A cough of recent origin, particularly if associated with fever and other symptoms of respiratory tract infection, may be due to acute bronchitis or pneumonia
  • Question Boxes provide a checklist of questions which students as examiners should pose to patients to enable them to correctly identify the presenting symptoms required for an accurate diagnosis, e.g. Are you breathless at rest? On lying down? (Orthopnoea)
  • The EOSCE hints panel at the end of each chapter provides practice OSCE-style scenarios and answers to test all skills required for the OSCEs

Table of Contents

1 Taking the history
2 Advanced history taking
3 Beginning the examination
4 The heart and cardiovascular system
5 The chest
6 The abdomen
7 Neurology
8 The eyes, ears, nose and throat
9 The thyroid and endocrine system
10 The breasts
11 The joints
12 The skin
13 Assessment of the geriatric patient
14 Assessment of the acutely ill patient
15 Examining the systems of the body
16 Writing and presenting the history and physical examination


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About the Author

Nicholas Talley

Affiliations and Expertise

Pro Vice-Chancellor, Global Research, University of Newcastle, Australia Professor of Medicine, Faculty of Health and Medicine, University of Newcastle, Australia President, Royal Australasian College of Physicians Chair-Elect, Committee of Presidents of Medical Colleges (CPMC) Hon. Treasurer, Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences Senior Staff Specialist, John Hunter Hospital, Newcastle, Australia Adjunct Professor and Consultant, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, USA Adjunct Professor, University of North Carolina, NC, USA Foreign Guest Professor, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden

Simon O’Connor

Affiliations and Expertise

Cardiologist, Canberra Hospital; Clinical Senior Lecturer, Australian National University Medical School, Canberra, ACT, Australia