- The first section Principles of clinical assessment examines different approaches to diagnosis, reviews the fundamental elements necessary for accurate patient assessment, provides a helpful template for a 'routine workup' and describes how to adapt the assessment to fit the clinical context.
- The second core section of the book Assessment of common presenting problems contains a series of 'diagnostic guides' that lead the reader, step-by-step through the major presenting problems in medicine and surgery, explaining how to recognise red flag features, eliminate life-threatening conditons and generate a logical differential diagnosis.
This book has been praised as an invaluable resource for senior medical students and junior doctors as they attempt to make the difficult transition from mastering basic clinical skills to assessing patients in the real world of clinical medicine.
What's in a diagnosis?
Assessing patients: a practical guide
The diagnostic process
Part 2 Assessment of common presenting problems
Coma and altered consciousness
Confusion: delirium and dementia
GI haemorrhage haemorrhage: haematemesis and rectal bleeding
Low back pain
Mobility problems: falls and immobility
Nausea and vomiting
Rash: acute generalised skin eruption
Transient loss of consciousness: syncope and seizures
Robertson, Colin Honorary Professor of Accident and Emergency Medicine and Surgery, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK.
Wright, Rohana J. Consultant Physician, St. John's Hospital, Livingston and Edinburgh Centre for Endocrinology and Diabetes, Edinburgh, UK..
Reed, Matthew Consultant and NRS Career Researcher Clinician in Emergency Medicine, Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh; Honorary Reader, University of Edinburgh, UK..
Robson, Andrew Specialist Registrar in General Surgery, Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK.