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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Duane T Brandau, BA, MA,DO,PhD(Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine)
Description: This is the U.S. adaptation of the publisher's Clinical Skills for OSCEs, 4th edition, Burton (2011). It covers general skills and procedures as well as the history and physical exam, organized around individual systems. Chapters are laid out in an easy-to-read outline form.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a concise description of history taking and the physical exam as well as general clinical skills such as venipuncture, nasogastric intubation, etc., needed by medical students as they proceed into clinical training. A concise, easy to read book on these topics is welcome. Overall, the authors have accomplished their objectives.
Audience: The audience is medical students entering their clinical training. The straightforward approach and clearly written and illustrated text is appropriate for this audience.
Features: The book covers in detail all of the relevant skills and procedures required of medical students in their first year of clinical training. The detail includes all ages from the neonate to the geriatric patient. Chapters use an outline layout as well as highlighting in different colors, making it easy to navigate to specific topics.
Assessment: This is a good addition to the how-to books in the area of basic clinical skills and procedures. It is comprehensive yet concise and has the advantage of being small, allowing it to fit in a coat pocket for easy reference. The formatting makes finding specific sections very straightforward.