The Physician Assistant Medical Handbook

2nd Edition


  • Print ISBN 9780721697864


Written by and for physician assistants, this compact, portable resource presents all of the information needed on the job. It reviews symptoms, pathophysiology, laboratory studies, differential diagnosis, treatment, and pediatric and obstetric considerations for the conditions most commonly encountered in practice. Coverage of every major medical subspecialty makes the book indispensable in any clinical setting.

Key Features

  • Organizes information by disease and presents it in a concise outline format—so it's easy to find, absorb, and use.
  • Uses a logical, consistent approach for each health condition: Definition · History · Physical Examination · Patho¬physiology · Diagnostic Studies · Differential Diagnosis · Treatment · Pediatric Considerations · Obstetrical Considerations · Geriatric Considerations · and Prevention.
  • Features "Pearls for the PA" to help readers provide optimal patient care.

Table of Contents

1. Cardiology

Arrhythmia: Atrial/Ventricular Congestive Heart Failure Cor Pulmonale Coronary Athersclerotic Heart Disease Essential Hypertension Pericarditis/Pericardial Effusion Valvular Heart Disease (Diastolic/Systolic) Contusion Congenital Heart Disease

2. Dermatology

Acne Vulgaris Alopecia Bacterial Infections Benign Cutaneous Neoplasm Dermatitis/Eczema Dermatophytosis (Fungal Infection Infestations of the Skin Papulosquamous Conditions Premalignant and Malignant Skin Tumors Vascular Conditions Viral Disease (Vesicular) Viral Infections (Other)

3. Emergency Medicine

Burns Hyperthermia Hypothermia Near Drowning Poisoning Psychiatric Emergencies Respiratory Arrest Shock Abdominal Trauma General Principles/ATLS

4. Endocrinology

Adrenal Disorders Diabetes Mellitus Hyperlipidemia Hyperparathyroid Metabolic Bone Disease Pituitary Adenoma Thyroid Disease

5. Gastroenterology

Appendicitis Cholicystitis Crohn’s Disease Diverticulitis GERD Hemorrhoid Pancreatitis (Acute) Peptic/Gastric Ulcer Ulcerative Colitis

6. Gynecology

Bartholins Cyst/Abcess Cervicitis Dysmenorrhea Endometriosis Fibrocystic Breast Disease Ovarian Cyst Pelvic Inflammatory Disease Pelvic Organ Prolapse Vaginitis Normal Pregnancy/Complications

7. Hematology

Bleeding Disorders Polycythemia Vera Anemia Sickle Cell Disease Arteriosclerosis Obliterans Embolism/Thrombosis

8. Infectious Disease

Auto Immune Deficiency Syndrome Infective Endocarditis Gastroenteritis Gonorrhea Hepatitis Mononucleosis Sepsis Syphillis Tuberculosis

9. Nephrology

Acid-Base Disturbances Acute Renal Failure Chronic Renal Failure Electrolyte Imbalances Glomerular Disease Nephrolithiasis Pyelonephritis (Upper Tract Infection) Renal and Vascular Hypertension Tubulointerstitial D


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About the author

James Labus

Affiliations and Expertise

Bachelor of Science, Health Education; President, Mid-Level Medical Services; Lecturer, Emory University Physician Assistant Program, Atlanta, GA, USA