Churchill's Pocketbook of Differential Diagnosis / Edition 3

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Being able to make a correct diagnosis is one of the key aspects of every medical student's and junior doctor's clinical training. Problem-based learning is increasingly being used to focus on the causes behind the presentation of a clinical feature. The Third Edition of this best-selling book is packed full of information to help the reader move from a presenting problem to an accurate diagnosis.
  • Covers 126 common presenting problems in both medicine and surgery in a consistent format
  • Each topic includes a list of all common causes of the condition
  • Key features of the various permutations are clearly discussed
  • Includes a targeted guide to the relevant general and specific follow-up investigations which should be carried out as appropriate
  • Now printed in colour throughout, with the relative frequency of the various conditions illustrated by colour coding, indicating common, occasional or rare causes. Important geographical variations are also highlighted
  • Seven new chapters including rashes, thirst, and tiredness
  • Two new sections on the differential diagnosis of biochemical and haematological disorders provide a ready check when reviewing abnormal results
  • Each chapter ends with a key points section to highlight major aspects of the diagnosis
  • An enlarged author team represents both medicine and surgery
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Editorial Reviews

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"I LOVE this book! I think it's one of the best books I own and it will be one of the three books that I'll squeeze into my luggage to take on my elective with me."

"It is broken down by significant signs or symptoms, such as dyspnoea and gives the differential diagnoses, divided into logical sections. It then explains how to take a history and investigate in order to narrow down the diagnosis."

"This book provides a fantastic basis for revision."

"It provides the absolute basics, and information on how to get started in investigating causes without getting bogged down in irrelevant details."

4th year Medical Student, Dundee University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780702032226
  • Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
  • Publication date: 9/15/2009
  • Series: Churchill Pocketbooks Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 596
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 7.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Abdominal pain

Abdominal swellings

Anaemia (low plasma haemoglobin)

Anorectal pain

Arm pain

Arm swellings


Axillary swellings


Blood urea nitrogen

Breast lumps

Breast pain

Chest pain

Clotting abnormalities













Ear disorders

Eye disorders

Facial pain

Facial swellings

Facial ulcers

Faecal incontinence

Finger lesions

Finger pain

Foot deformities

Foot pain

Foot ulcers

Gait abnormalities


Groin swellings

Gum disorders







Hand deformities






Hypercalcaemia (high calcium level)

Hyperglycaemia (high blood sugar level)

Hyperkalaemia (high potassium level)

Hypernatraemia (high sodium level)


Hypocalcaemia (low calcium level)

Hypoglycaemia (low blood sugar level)

Hypokalaemia (low potassium level)

Hypomagnesaemia (low magnesium level)

Hyponatraemia (low sodium level)



Intestinal obstruction


Jaw pain and swellings

Joint disorders

Kidney swellings

Leg pain

Leg swellings

Leg ulcers

Leucocytosis (high white cell count)

Leucopaenia (low white cell count)

Lip lesions



Metabolic acidosis

Metabolic alkalosis

Mouth ulcers

Muscle weakness and wasting

Nail abnormalities

Nasal discharge

Neck lumps

Neck pain

Nipple discharge




Penile lesions


Polycythaemia (high plasma haemoglobin)


Popliteal swellings


Pruritus ani

Pyrexia of unknown origin

Rectal bleeding

Respiratory acidosis

Respiratory alkalosis

Scalp lesions

Scrotal pain

Scrotal swellings





Sweating abnormalities



Throat conditions

Thrombocytopenia (low platelet count)

Thrombocytosis (high platelet count)


Toe lesions

Tongue disorders


Urethral discharge

Urinary incontinence

Urinary retention

Vaginal discharge

Visual problems

Voice disorders


Weight gain

Weight loss

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