Differential Diagnosis of Common Complaints: with STUDENT CONSULT Online Access / Edition 6

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Overview

Now in its fifth edition, this popular diagnostic resource continues to provide you with practical coverage of the most common complaints you’re likely to see in daily practice. It’s organized by symptom—rather than disease—and consistent throughout, giving you easy access to the most frequent symptoms with which your patients are likely to present. Discussions of probable causes for the complaint, historical

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Vincent F Carr, DO, MSA, FACC, FACP (Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences)
Description: This is the sixth edition of a book that takes a clinical approach to diagnosis rather than focusing on diagnostic studies. This is a reasonable approach to identifying the more common problems encountered in the outpatient clinic, although the book describes only 36 symptoms. The previous edition was published in 2007.
Purpose: The purpose is the same as in the first edition, to help physicians accurately and efficiently diagnose common complaints.
Audience: The audience includes those studying for or practicing primary care in the outpatient setting.
Features: Each chapter presents one symptom, starting with an introduction and definition of terms (one of the strengths of the book), followed by a number of associations, such as aggravating and ameliorating factors, physical findings, some diagnostic testing, and a differential diagnosis table. The book's ease of use is another major strength. Full-color figures are well presented. Access to a full-text web version with self-assessment questions comes with the book.
Assessment: This is a simple to use and read book with an equally easy to navigate website. The only downside is the limited number of symptoms.
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Reviewer: Vincent F Carr, DO, MSA, FACC, FACP (Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences)
Description: This is the sixth edition of a book that takes a clinical approach to diagnosis rather than focusing on diagnostic studies. This is a reasonable approach to identifying the more common problems encountered in the outpatient clinic, although the book describes only 36 symptoms. The previous edition was published in 2007.
Purpose: The purpose is the same as in the first edition, to help physicians accurately and efficiently diagnose common complaints.
Audience: The audience includes those studying for or practicing primary care in the outpatient setting.
Features: Each chapter presents one symptom, starting with an introduction and definition of terms (one of the strengths of the book), followed by a number of associations, such as aggravating and ameliorating factors, physical findings, some diagnostic testing, and a differential diagnosis table. The book's ease of use is another major strength. Full-color figures are well presented. Access to a full-text web version with self-assessment questions comes with the book.
Assessment: This is a simple to use and read book with an equally easy to navigate website. The only downside is the limited number of symptoms.
Isaac Kleinman
This is the third edition of a clinical manual of differential diagnosis by symptoms and signs. There are 36 chapters, each on a different symptom. Each chapter evaluates a symptom according to a set format: an introductory paragraph that gives some clarifications, definitions, epidemiology, or other perspectives, followed by paragraphs on the nature of the patient, the nature of the symptom, ameliorating factors, physical findings, diagnostic studies, and less common diagnostic considerations. Each chapter is followed by five to 20 or more pertinent references. Bold print is used to emphasize important ideas. The book is designed as a guide for clinicians, residents, and students. It will be most useful for generalists. The chapters are almost all text, plus a few diagrams. Photographs are confined to the chapter on skin problems and are all in black and white. Each chapter has tables that summarize the text. This is a useful volume. The clinical approach is very helpful. Its contents are well organized and accessible. The print quality is very good. The references are up-to-date and well chosen to support and expand the clinical approach of the text. It is compact enough to be carried about. The book would be helped by better diagrams, more illustrations, and use of color. There is little else to criticize. The book is recommended.

3 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781455707720
  • Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
  • Publication date: 12/21/2011
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 472
  • Sales rank: 76,839
  • Product dimensions: 6.08 (w) x 9.08 (h) x 0.82 (d)

Table of Contents

  1. Abdominal Pain in Adults
  2. Abdominal Pain in Children
  3. Backache
  4. Belching, Bloating, and Flatulence
  5. Breast Lumps
  6. Chest Pain
  7. Colds, Flu and Stuffy Nose
  8. Constipation
  9. Cough
  10. Diarrhea
  11. Dizziness/Lightheadedness and Vertigo
  12. Earache
  13. Facial Pain
  14. Fatigue
  15. Fever
  16. Forgetfulness
  17. Headache
  18. Heartburn, Indigestion, and Dyspepsia
  19. Insomnia
  20. Menstrual Irregularities
  21. Menstrual Pain
  22. Nausea and/or Vomiting Without Abdominal Pain
  23. Pain in the Foot
  24. Pain in the Lower Extremity in Adults
  25. Pain in the Lower Extremity and Limping in Children
  26. Pain in the Upper Extremity
  27. Palpations
  28. Shortness of Breath
  29. Skin Problems
  30. Sore Throat
  31. Swelling of the Legs
  32. Urethral discharge and Dysuria
  33. Vaginal Discharge and Itching
  34. Vision Problems and Other Common Eye Problems
  35. Voiding Disorders and Incontinence
  36. Weight Gain and Weight Loss
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