Medicine at a Glance / Edition 3

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Medicine at a Glance provides a concise and accessible introduction to the study of medicine and is the ultimate revision guide for the core medical curriculum. Ideal for medical students, Foundation Programme doctors and those training in the allied health professions, Medicine at a Glance presents each topic as clear, double-page spreads with key facts accompanied by tables, illustrations, photographs and diagrams.

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Editorial Reviews

From The Critics
Reviewer: Vincent F Carr, DO, MSA, FACC, FACP (Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences)
Description: This is the third edition of a summary of basic topics for medical students. The previous edition was published in 2006.
Purpose: This well-illustrated U.K. book covers the basic aspects of medicine that would be encountered in the everyday primary care setting. As it is a summary rather than a comprehensive reference, it is focused on obtaining the history, performing a physical examination, and working through to a diagnosis.
Audience: Medical students are the intended audience. The intuitive illustrations are tremendously helpful for explaining a diagnosis to a patient.
Features: The book is divided into organ systems and then into symptoms. This format makes it easy to quickly find relevant information. The first chapter assumes little, starting with how to be a medical student, patient confidentiality, consent, and the relationship with a patient. A companion book, Medicine at a Glance: Core Cases, by the same author, is available in print and online.
Assessment: This is a well-formatted, easy-to-use presentation of basic topics in medicine.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405186162
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/25/2010
  • Series: At a Glance Series , #25
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 504
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Patrick Davey is Consultant Cardiologist at Northampton General Hospital & Honorary Senior Lecturer at the John Radcliffe Infirmary, Oxford. He was previously Clinical Tutor at Oxford University. He is also the author of ECG at a Glance.
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Table of Contents


List of contributors


List of abbreviations


1 How to be a medical student

2 Patient confidentiality

3 Consent

4 Relationship with the patient

5 History of presenting complaint

6 Past medical history, drugs and allergies

7 Family and social history

8 Functional enquiry

9 Principles of examination

10 Basic clinical skills

11 Is the patient ill?

12 The critically ill patient

Clinical presentations at a glance

Cardiovascular disease

13 Chest pain

14 Oedema

15 Palpitations

16 The painful leg

17 Heart murmurs

18 Shock

Respiratory disease

19 Breathlessness, cough and haemoptysis

20 Wheeze (stridor)

21 Pleural effusion

22 Pneumothorax 


23 Unintentional weight loss

24 Constipation and change in bowel habit

25 Diarrhoea: acute and chronic

26 Vomiting and intestinal obstruction

27 Haematemesis and melaena

28 Rectal bleeding

29 Dysphagia

30 Abdominal pain and dyspepsia

31 Jaundice

32 Abdominal mass

33 Ascites

Renal medicine

34 Polyuria and oliguria

35 Dysuria, frequency and urgency

36 Haematuria


37 Sweating, flushing and thyroid swellings

38 Obesity

39 Hirsutism and infertility

40 Erectile dysfunction and gynaecomastia

Infectious disease

41 Principles of infection

42 Diagnosis of infection

43 Fever and the assessment of the patient with presumed infection 

44 Fever and infections in hospital patients

45 Fever of unknown origin

46 Fever and rash

47 Fever in HIV-infected patients

48 Fever in the returned traveller

49 Vaginal discharge and urethritis


50 Anaemia

51 Clinical approach to lymphadenopathy and splenomegaly

52 The patient with abnormal bleeding or bruising

53 Leukopenia Oncology

54 Oncological emergencies


55 Introduction to neurological diagnosis1

56 Introduction to neurological diagnosis2

57 Introduction to neurological diagnosis 3: neuroepidemiology 

58 Common neurological symptoms

59 Weakness

60 Disturbance of vision: a neurological perspective

61 Sudden painless loss of vision

62 Tremor and other involuntary movements

63 Headache and facial pain

64 Episodic alterations in awareness and consciousness 


65 The red eye Rheumatology

66 Introduction to rheumatological disease

67 Low back pain and other regional pain syndromes


68 Introduction to dermatology 

69 Pruritis and rashes 

70 Hair and nail disorders 

71 Leg ulcers 

72 Photodermatoses Women’s health

73 Pelvic pain

74 Urinary incontinence

Other acute medical emergencies

75 Attempted suicide by drug poisoning 

76 Anaphylaxis 

77 Allergic reactions 

78 Cardiac and respiratory arrest 

79 Delirium 

80 Coma 

Diseases and treatments at a glance

Cardiovascular disease

81 Hypertension 

82 Hyperlipidaemia

83 Acute coronary syndromes 

84 ST segment elevation myocardial infarction 

85 Chronic coronary syndromes 

86 Aortic dissection 

87 Heart failure 

88 Aortic valve disease 

89 Mitral valve disease 

90 Cardiomyopathies 

91 Pericardial disease 

92 Pulmonary embolism 

93 Cardiac infections 

94 Tachyarrhythmias 

95 Bradyarrhythmias 

96 Congenital heart disease 

Respiratory disease

97 Lung function tests 

98 Sleep apnoea 

99 Respiratory failure 

100 Arterial blood gas analysis 

101CXR anatomy

102 Basic chest X-ray interpretation 

103 CXR cases1

104 CXR cases2

105 Non-invasive ventilation 

106 Mechanical ventilation 

107 Lower respiratory tract infection: pneumonia 

108 Upper respiratory tract infection 

109 Asthma 

110 Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease 

111 Bronchiectasis 

112 Cystic fibrosis 

113 Sarcoidosis and other granulomatous lung diseases

114 Extrinsic allergic alveolitis (hypersensitivity pneumonitis) 

115 Pulmonary fibrosis

116 Pulmonary eosinophilia and vasculitis 

117 Fungi and the lung 

118 Industrial lung disease

119 Lung disease caused by drugs

120 BOOP and ARDS 

121 Primary tumours of the lung 


122 Food poisoning and gastrointestinal infections 

123 Reflux 

124 Peptic ulcer disease 

125 Diverticular disease 

126 Iron deficiency 

127 Abnormal liver function tests 

128 Inflammatory bowel disease 

129 Malabsorption 

130 Pancreatitis and pancreatic cancer 

131 Gallstone disease 

132 Inflammatory liver disease: viral and immune 

133 Acute and chronic liver disease 

134 Metabolic liver disease (including alcohol) 

135 Upper gastrointestinal cancer 

136 Colorectal cancer 

137 Imaging in gastrointestinal disease 

138 Functional gastrointestinal disorders 

139 Nutrition 

Renal medicine

140 Renal physiology and function tests 

141 Hypokalaemia and hyperkalaemia 

142 Hyponatraemia and hypernatraemia 

143 Disorders of acid–base balance 

144 Urinary calculi 

145 Nephrotic and nephritic syndromes

146 Glomerulonephritis 

147 Renal involvement in systemic disease 

148 Hereditary renal disorders 

149 Tubulointerstitial disease 

150 Acute renal failure 

151 Chronic renal failure and the dialysis patient 

152 The renal transplant recipient 

153 Drugs and renal failure 

154 Benign prostatic hypertrophy 

155 Urinary tract infection 


156 Diabetes mellitus 

157 Complications of diabetes 

158 Diabetic emergencies 

159 Hyperprolactinaemia and acromegaly 

160 Hypothyroidism 

161 Hyperthyroidism 

162 Calcium metabolism 

163 Adrenal disease 

164 Miscellaneous endocrine disorders 

165 Hypogonadism 

Infectious disease

166 Bacteraemia and septic shock 

167 Common viral infections in adults 

168 HIV infection and AIDS 

169 Common fungal infections 

170 Specific bacterial infections 

171 Malaria 

172 Tuberculosis 

173 Tropical infectious diseases 

174 Diseases predisposing to infection 

175 Immunological deficiency syndromes 


176 Haematinic deficiency anaemias 

177 Haemolytic anaemia 

178 Thalassaemia and sickle cell disease 

179 Bone marrow failure

180 Acute leukaemia 

181 Chronic leukaemia 

182 Lymphoma 

183 Myeloproliferative disorders 

184 Myeloma 

185 Myelodysplasia 

186 The blood in systemic disease 

187 Platelet disorders 

188 Disorders of coagulation 

189 Anticoagulation and antiplatelet drugs 

190 Thrombophilia 


191 Aetiology of cancer 

192 Diagnostic strategies and basic principles of cancer management 

193 Cancer screening and early detection 

194 Breast cancer 

195 Prostate cancer 

196 Cancer with an unknown primary 

197 Paraneoplastic syndromes and hormone-producing cancers 

198 Palliative care 


199 Head CT cases

200 Head MRI cases

201 Stroke 

202 Management of stroke 

203 Other vascular disorders of the brain 

204 Dementias 

205 Epilepsy 

206 Multiple sclerosis 

207 Infections of the central nervous system 

208 Tumours and the nervous system 

209 Spinal cord disease 

210 Neuromuscular disease 

211 Peripheral neuropathy 

212 Movement disorders 


213 Osteoarthritis 

214 Gout and pseudogout 

215 Arthritis associated with infectious agents 

216 Metabolic bone disease 

217 Other bone disease 

218 Rheumatoid arthritis 

219 Seronegative spondyloarthropathies 

220 Vasculitis 

221 Systemic lupus erythematosus 

222 Inflammatory muscle disease and selected forms of vasculitis 


223 Eczema and urticaria 

224 Psoriasis 

225 Acne, rosacea and hidradenitis 

226 Disorders of skin pigmentation 

227 Blistering diseases 

228 Skin infections and infestations 

229 The skin and systemic disease

230 Skin tumours 

231 Orogenital disease Women’s Health

232 Endometriosis and adenomyosis

233 Polycystic ovary syndrome

234 Hypertensive disorders in pregnancy

235 Cardiovascular disease in pregnancy

236 Other medical and surgical conditions in pregnancy Miscellaneous

237 Fluid replacement therapy

238 Illness in elderly people 

239 Chronic tiredness and other medically unexplained symptoms 

240 Psychiatric disorders 

241 Substance abuse 

242 Alcohol abuse and dependence 

243 Drug toxicity (adverse drug reactions) 


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