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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Sally Ling, M.D.;FACP(University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine)
Description: This book aims to teach students the skill of medical diagnosis that is logical and adaptable to each clinical situation.
Purpose: The authors articulate the process of using clues or leads which in combination with other findings will steer the clinician to the likely diagnosis. The breakdown of a dynamic process to transparent steps is interesting, and offers another approach to the diagnostic method.
Audience: The book is written primarily for students and physicians in training.
Features: It opens with a chapter on how the book should be used. It is essential to read this section in order to use the remainder of the book. One clinical scenario is presented. The reader is then walked through each element of the history and physical examination, evaluation of laboratory studies, and finally the diagnostic process. The book cannot be easily used as a standalone resource for quick reference.
Assessment: This is a new book that offers an interesting, "transparent" description of the diagnostic process. It is not necessarily suitable for a beginning student, but it will be useful to one wanting to look further into the nuances of history taking and the use of findings to arrive at a working diagnosis.