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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Carole Ann Kenner, PhD, RN, FAAN (The College of New Jersey)
Description: This text is as the title suggests a guide to physical examination and history taking. It is aimed at the student who is just learning foundational assessment, physical examination skills. This is the ninth edition with the previous one published in 2003.
Purpose: The purpose is to assist the beginning level health professional student with conducting history and physicals. It is meant to help the student apply clinical reasoning through its pedagogy.
Audience: The audience is the student in the health professions. The author is well known and highly credible.
Features: The book begins with the foundations of physical examination and moves into the regional examinations, and ends with life span examinations. The chapters are organized according to body systems and follow a head to toe approach. The list of tables at the beginning of the book helps the reader find specific information quickly. The companion CD is a wonderful addition to supplement the print material. Color photos help reinforce the content and are great for visual learners.
Assessment: The other book on the market that is similar is Seidel's Guide to Physical Examination, 6th edition, 2006, published by Elsevier. The Bates' book offers a test generator and a comprehensive manual including an image bank accompanying ready materials in a learning management system whereas Seidel's has a fully integrated online package. However, Bates' book is very good and the newest edition more information on the older adult and the pediatric client-two very needed areas. It also increased the content on the skin and mental status. Again, these are needed areas. All and all this text is a very good beginning guide for students and is easy to use for faculty. It would be a welcomed addition to a student's library.