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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Carole Ann Kenner, PhD, RN, FAAN (The College of New Jersey)
Description: This sixth edition of the physical examination handbook presents up-to-date information on how to perform a history and physical for patients across the lifespan. The previous edition was published in 2003.
Purpose: The books purpose is to guide the novice student through the process of taking a history and conducting a physical examination. These are worthy objectives and are met.
Audience: The intended audience is the health professional student. This is according to the author and reviewer. The authors are very credible.
Features: This book's edition contains the usual information on anatomy and physiologyk, review of related history, examination and findings, and common abnormalities. In addition it presents more information on clinical pearls, mnemonics, and physical variations to highlight special considerations. It has placed an emphasis on maintaining health or staying well and evidence to support various aspects of the physical examination. The book presents an integrated package for teaching learning complete with ancillary package materials-online faculty course resources, student laboratory manual, and evolve select and student consult-both online that offers linking and cross-referencing with other Elsevier texts. The Companion CD-ROM provides intractive activities. Symbols are used in the text to direct the user to the companion CD-ROM for additional materials. The illustrations throughout the text are full color adding to the appeal and ease of use of the book's content.
Assessment: This is one of the best physical examination books on the market. The integrated package offers faculty and student maximum learning. The additional features that have been included in this edition make it more appealing for use with learners that seek more interactivity and bulleted information.