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From The CriticsReviewer: Vincent F Carr, DO, MSA, FACC, FACP (Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences)
Description: This workbook for U.K. medical students on their clinical rotations (clerkships) pays particular attention to the skills they must master.
Purpose: It is a guide to acquiring the fundamental skills to "clerk patients" in a competent and professional manner. The workbook gives students a template for learning how to obtain a history, perform a physical examination, and develop a management plan while showing the proper care and respect for patients.
Audience: The audience is fairly limited to medical students in the U.K, but it provides an interesting read for any clinician who precepts medical students, presenting another perspective on how other medical systems do their training.
Features: An outstanding and entertaining aspect of the book is a quotation in every chapter, from the likes of Yogi Berra to William Osler, reminding readers that medicine is concerned with humanity. The book begins with the basics that students must learn, in particular recognizing the acutely unwell and summoning help immediately, a potentially overlooked problem. It then outlines an approach to diagnosing abnormalities by organ system, how to make a succinct and meaningful presentation with hints on what to consider in different systems. Each chapter has a number of basic questions to test students' working knowledge, with answers focusing on what students must remember, and selected readings.
Assessment: This helpful and well-organized book will be valuable to medical students beginning their clinical orientation to medicine.