PACES for the MRCP - 3rd Edition - ISBN: 9780702051418, 9780702054662

PACES for the MRCP

3rd Edition

with 250 Clinical Cases

Authors: Tim Hall
Paperback ISBN: 9780702051418
eBook ISBN: 9780702054662
Imprint: Churchill Livingstone
Published Date: 17th September 2013
Page Count: 832

Table of Contents




Examination of the respiratory system


1.1 Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
1.2 Consolidation
1.3 Dullness at the lung base
1.4 Pneumonia
1.5 Lung cancer
1.6 Pancoast’s syndrome
1.7 Superior vena cava obstruction
1.8 Collapse/pneumonectomy/lobectomy
1.9 Bronchiectasis
1.10 Cystic fibrosis
1.11 Kartagener’s syndrome
1.12 Tuberculosis
1.13 Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis and diffuse parenchymal lung disease

1.14 Rheumatoid lung

1.15 Extrinsic allergic alveolitis

1.16 Asbestos-related lung disease and pneumoconiosis

1.17 Pulmonary sarcoidosis
1.18 Pulmonary hypertension
1.19 Cor pulmonale
1.20 Pulmonary embolism
1.21 Pleural effusion
1.22 Pleural rub
1.23 Pneumothorax
1.24 Obstructive sleep apnoea-hypopnoea syndrome

1.25 Lung transplant


Examination of the abdominal system


1.26 Chronic liver disease
1.27 Jaundice
1.28 Ascites
1.29 Alcoholic liver disease
1.30 Viral hepatitis
1.31 Autoimmune hepatitis
1.32 Primary biliary cirrhosis
1.33 Hereditary haemochromatosis
1.34 Wilson’s disease
1.35 Hepatomegaly
1.36 Splenomegaly

1.37 Hepatosplenomegaly
1.38 Felty’s syndrome
1.39 Abdominal mass
1.40 Crohn’s disease
1.41 Ulcerative colitis
1.42 Carcinoid syndrome
1.43 Enteric and urinary stomas
1.44 Chronic myeloid leukaemia
1.45 Polycythaemia vera, myeloproliferative disorders and myelodysplasia
1.46 Chronic lymphocytic leukaemia
1.47 Lymphadenopathy and lymphoma
1.48 Polycystic kidney disease
1.49 Nephrotic syndrome
1.50 Renal transplant


Introduction to hist


The 3rd edition of PACES for the MRCP has been fully revised and updated throughout to retain its pole position as the textbook to accompany core medical training (CMT) and prepare candidates for success in the Practical Assessment of Clinical Examination Skills and a future specialty career.


  • Fully revised for the new Station 5 and completely updated throughout.

  • Promotes understanding and deeper learning of modern medicine applicable to PACES and the specialist registrar.

  • Emphasis on clinical assessment – history-taking, examination and communication skills – equipping candidates with appropriate differential diagnoses from which to develop the right diagnosis.

  • Encourages candidates to question why a diagnosis has arisen and consider its consequences. For example, ‘Heat failure’ is a not a diagnosis until a candidate has considered the differential diagnoses of breathlessness and decided why heart failure is most likely, and then considered its cause (not always ischaemic heart disease), its presentation (acute, chronic, left or right ventricular or both) and, most importantly, the effects of it and its treatments on a patient’s life.

This 3rd edition of PACES for the MRCP continues to provide fully revised, up-to-date, evidence-based coverage of investigations and treatments. Whilst the emphasis of PACES is on clinical skills, candidates who understand when, for example, a patient with rheumatoid arthritis might benefit from a biologic agent and how this will influence inflammatory disease, is better equipped for success.


From reviews of the previous edition:

‘Hall's PACES for the MRCP is excellent. It is easy to follow, carefully laid out and covers all conditions likely to appear in ea

Key Features

  • A one-volume text giving candidates complete preparation for the PACES exam within one portable volume
  • 250 cases organised into the 5 stations of the PACES exam – respiratory and abdominal system, history taking, cardiovascular and nervous system, communication and ethics and skin, locomotion, eyes and endocrine systems
  • Engaging question-and-answer approach at the end of each case – excellent preparation for the exam
  • Boxed tips highlight vital information – helps identify what is most important to remember


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"Hall’s PACES for MRCP has comprehensive and up-to-date information presented in a very easy-to-read format. It quotes up-to-date studies. The content appears to be more comprehensive than any of the other PACES books out in the market that I have seen."
BMA Book Awards 2009 - judges comments


About the Authors

Tim Hall Author

Affiliations and Expertise

Consultant in Geriatric Medicine and Acute and General (Internal) Medicine and Geriatric Medicine, Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust, South West Peninsula Deanery, Plymouth, UK