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The only book dedicated specifically to symptom evaluation, this best seller is a quick-reference guide to over 100 commonly seen symptoms in adults and children. The revised Fifth Edition features new geriatric considerations, new pearls and pitfalls to avoid, and new information on medications.
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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Donald R. Frey, MD (Creighton University Medical Center)
Description: This manual approaches diagnosis through a systematic analysis of common presenting symptoms. The previous edition was published in 1997.
Purpose: The authors seek to present a symptom-oriented approach to diagnosis. Given the over-dependence on technology and the too-often "shotgun" approach used in daily practice, this book is most welcome.
Audience: Although written for all practitioners of primary care, the book's style and approach seem most geared to learners who are beginning to develop the skills to move from simply assessing patient complaints to establishing a definitive diagnosis. The authors are nationally recognized practitioners who represent a cross-section of specialties, including family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics, psychiatry, and advanced practice nursing.
Features: The book begins with a general listing of common symptoms and references each to specific chapters in the book. Each symptom is defined in terms of its general descriptors, associated symptoms, history, and exam. A paragraph on general considerations draws each section together nicely. Patient links to educational websites are also listed. Tables and charts are timely and not overdone. The book's only drawback is its indexing through the general listing section, which may be awkward for some readers.
Assessment: This is a very helpful guide for medical learners on how to begin the diagnostic process by focusing on the symptoms the patient brings to the practitioner. Although not as helpful to the experienced physician, the book is a fine tool for those taking up the difficult task of patient interaction.
Isaac Kleinman
This is the fourth edition of a handbook designed to provide a listing of the main items in the history, physical findings, and differential diagnoses of common adult and pediatric symptoms. The book includes some health maintenance outlines, an elementary glossary of medical terms, and a table of frequently used drugs. But it mainly serves as an outline for proper description of symptoms and the historical and physical examinations data to be sought for each of the listed symptoms. It is aimed at health care providers, in training-physicians, nurses, physician's assistants, and nurse practitioners. The book consists of outlines and tables with very few illustrations. All the symptom listings are organized in the same way: descriptors (i.e., acute vs. chronic, duration, type of onset, etc.), associated symptoms, family history, environmental history (exposure to toxins, infectious agents), physical examination (limited to those areas pertinent to the symptom under discussion), and diagnostic considerations. Therapy is not mentioned except for the list of drugs and their uses. This book would be useful for a broader audience if it were written on a less elementary level and a bit more rigorously. Even a brief perusal reveals a number of errors of omission, usually in the associated symptoms section, e.g., ischemic bowel disease is omitted from the list of common causes of recurrent abdominal pain, lead level is not mentioned in the the well-baby check-up section, and cocaine abuse is not mentioned in the section on chest pain and dysrhythmia.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071377652
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
  • Publication date: 1/28/2002
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 377
  • Product dimensions: 4.70 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.58 (d)

Meet the Author

John H. Wasson, M.D., Professor of Community and Family Medicine and Medicine at Dartmouth Medical School, Hanover, New Hampshire. He holds the Herman O. West Chair in Geriatrics.

B. Timothy Walsh, M.D., W&J Ruane Professor of Pediatric Psychopharmacology in the Department of Psychiatry at the College of Physicians & Surgeons, Columbia University, New York, New York, and Director of the Division of Clinical Therapeutics at New York State Psychiatric Institute.

Mary C. LaBrecque, B.S.N., Instructor in Community and Family Medicine, Dartmouth Medical School, Hanover, New Hampshire.

Harold C. Sox, Jr., M.D., M.A.C.P., Editor, Annals of Internal Medicine, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Robert Pantell, M.D., Professor of Pediatrics, Division of General Pediatrics, University of California at San Francisco School of Medicine, San Francisco, California.

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Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome


General Descriptors: refer to inside cover; carefully determine why AIDS is considered the problem.

Fever; aches; sore throat; swollen lymph nodes; weight loss; skin rash; vaginal, rectal, or penile sores/discharge.

Past HIV test; sexually transmitted disease, such as gonorrhea, syphilis, or herpes.


Sexual practices past and current. HIV status of partner(s). Use of condoms. Notification of sexual partners of concern about HIV.

Patients who use intravenous medications or are homosexual or patients with sexually transmitted diseases are often concerned that they may have AIDS.


MEASURE: temperature and weight.

THROAT: sores or white patches (leukoplakia).

CHEST: rales/crackles.

SKIN: sores or rashes.

GENITAL: female: pelvic exam with culture of cervix;
male: examine for urethral discharge.


From a practical perspective, patients with concerns about HIV usually fear that their risk behavior may have resulted in infection. Blood testing for HIV is usually indicated for patients with these risk factors: homosexuality, IV drug use, multiple sexual partners, and history of sexually transmitted diseases. All pregnant women should be tested.

Newer blood tests for HIV can become positive within weeks after infection. Immune function noticeably deteriorates for the majority of untreated patients within 7 years.

Most patients initially infected with HIV have no symptoms or signs. However, approximately 6 weeks after infection some experience a viral illness (fever, aches, and rashes), which persists for 2 to 3 weeks.

Persistent AIDS-related findings include fatigue, fever, lymphadenopathy, weight loss, infection or precancer in the mouth, and skin rashes or cancers. Opportunistic infections in the lungs, nervous system, and gastrointestinal tract are expected in the later stages of the disease.
----Copyright 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved. Used with permission.

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Table of Contents

The General Index
The Medications Section
The Directed Database Section
Physical Examination
Diagnostic Issues
Health Assessment
The Glossary
Monitoring Clinical Experiences
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