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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Carol Scott-Conner, MD, PhD, MBA (University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics)
Description: This is the fifth edition of a lavishly illustrated British physical diagnosis book for surgeons. Purchase of the book entitles the buyer to obtain the ebook version, thus assuring portability. The previous edition was published in 2005, thus a new edition is timely. This is not an area that changes rapidly, but new information is clearly available and incorporated appropriately.
Purpose: The first edition was written by a British surgeon with the aim of helping medical students learn how to take a full history and conduct a full clinical examination of patients with surgical disease. The fifth edition remains true to this original goal. The book is meant to be affordable, and the didactic material is well served by duplication in ebook format (without further enhancements). The ebook is intended to provide portability and the ability to highlight information.
Audience: The audience is medical students. It will serve as a valuable reference for surgical residents and trainees at all levels. As with many British books, there is a wealth of information on tropical disease, which will be welcomed by fully trained surgeons doing surgical volunteerism in underserved areas. The editors and authors are all highly credible authorities.
Features: The book begins with excellent material on how to take a history and assess the overall clinical situation, including the overall appearance and mien of the patient. Successive chapters cover systems, emergency conditions, and parts of the body as appropriate. The book is lavishly illustrated throughout with color photographs and line drawings. The color photographs and scope of conditions illustrated is extraordinary.
Assessment: This is an excellent book that amply fulfills its promise of providing information for medical students. It also will be useful to trainees in surgery and to practitioners going to underserved areas. It is most nearly comparable with another British book, Hamilton Bailey's Demonstrations of Physical Signs in Clinical Surgery (CRC Press), currently undergoing revision.