Clinical Examination - 4th Edition - ISBN: 9780723434542, 9780723436058

Clinical Examination

4th Edition


Authors: Owen Epstein G. Perkin John Cookson Ian Watt Roby Rakhit Andrew Robins Graham Hornett
eBook ISBN: 9780723436058
eBook ISBN: 9780702062612
Imprint: Mosby Ltd.
Published Date: 26th June 2008
Page Count: 452

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The fourth edition of Clinical Examination provides a clear, practical and above all, superbly illustrated guide to all aspects of history taking and patient examination. Designed to be accessible both to medical students just starting their clinical attachments and to more experienced readers, the clear writing style, the innovative use of clinical photographs and the explanatory illustrations combine to explain and clarify the concepts and skills necessary to take a history and perform an examination. The text is organised by body system, with each chapter structured the same way: firstly, underlying structure and function; secondly, signs, symptoms and abnormalities; thirdly, patient examination.

Key Features

  • The anatomy & physiology coverage 'sets the scene' and refreshes students' memory on the science they studied earlier in their course
  • The signs & symptoms sections serve as a mini-textbook of medicine by highlighting most important diseases associated with each body system
  • The history-taking and examination sections alert students to general principles and particular considerations relevant to interacting with patients
  • Eight different types of boxes classify information on key aspects of the text: differential diagnosis; emergency topics; examination of the elderly; questions to ask; areas for review; risk factors; symptoms and signs; and ‘red flag’ issues
  • Nearly 1000 illustrations, including over 500 photographs of physical signs as they present in real life
  • Colour diagrams illustrate underlying structure and function as well as demonstrating examination techniques
  • Now available on Student Consult with full online access to the text and illustrations

Table of Contents

  • Consultation, medical history and record taking
  • The General Examination
  • Skin, Nails and Hair
  • Ear, Nose and Throat
  • The Respiratory System
  • The Heart and Cardiovascular System
  • The Abdomen
  • Female Breasts and Genitalia
  • The Male Genitalia
  • Bone, Joints and Muscle
  • The Nervous System
  • Infants and Children


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About the Author

Owen Epstein

Affiliations and Expertise

Consultant Physician and Gastroenterologist, Royal Free Hospital NHS Trust, London, UK

G. Perkin

Affiliations and Expertise

Consultant Neurologist, Charing Cross and HIllingdon Hospitals, London, UK Emeritus Consultant Neurologist, Charing Cross and HIllingdon Hospitals, London, UK

John Cookson

Affiliations and Expertise

Dean of the Undergraduate School, Hull and York Medical School, University of York, York, UK

Ian Watt

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor of Primary Care, Hull and York Medical School, University of York, York, UK

Roby Rakhit

Affiliations and Expertise

Consultant Cardiologist and Honorary Senior Lecturer, Royal Free Hospital, London, UK

Andrew Robins

Affiliations and Expertise

Consultant Paediatrician, Whittington Hospital NHS Trust, London UK

Graham Hornett

Affiliations and Expertise

General Practitioner, Specialist in ENT, Surrey Primary Care Trust, Guildford, Surrey, UK