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From The CriticsReviewer: Vincent F Carr, DO, MSA, FACC, FACP (Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences)
Description: This is an update of a trusted book on the physical examination last published in 2007.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide students with a memory aid in developing their skills in interviewing patients, obtaining a history, and performing a physical examination. These skills are the basis for the student's future success in medicine no matter which specialty they choose, and the authors have continued the long-term excellence that the many editions of Bates' have enjoyed.
Audience: The intended audience includes medical students of all years and residents in all specialties, as well as nursing and physician assistant students. The authors are leading educators in their fields.
Features: Both this book and the pocket version use a similar presentation, capturing the details in a most efficient manner in a format that is easy to refer to. It is a perfect mix of bulleted text and outstanding pictures and tables. My only disappointment was being unable to access the online version; the website address to access it does not bring one to a page where the access code can be entered. Going back to the main page, where I could enter the access code, I received a number of error messages.
Assessment: This is a great book for students learning the art of medical diagnostics, but the publisher support for the web-based version is not adequate.