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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Vincent F Carr, DO, MSA, FACC, FACP (Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences)
Description: This book focuses on teaching students and new clinicians how to hone their interviewing techniques and obtain a historical background for a patient's symptoms and complaints. It is an update of a 2005 book.
Purpose: The title explains the purpose well, i.e. how to integrate the current evidence into interview techniques to develop a reasonable differential diagnosis leading to the best choice of ancillary testing to come to a diagnosis. The time-honored questions and ways to develop a differential have not always stood up in light of the evidence. This book goes a long way in bringing the practice of medicine up to date, particularly with the vast choices of diagnostic modalities.
Audience: This is a tremendous help to new students and clinicians, but it is also a great resource for established clinicians to upgrade their practice. The authors and contributors are established academic practitioners who are leaders in their fields.
Features: The book is divided into traditional organ systems and symptoms. While it doesn't cover every symptom or complaint, the book remains focused on what can be viewed as worthwhile, based on the clinical research. Each chapter includes a scenario, a brief introduction, definitions of terms, focused questions, algorithms, and excellent photomicrographs.
Assessment: This is a superb book, well worth the cost to help young clinicians understand what the symptoms mean and where to proceed in developing a working differential diagnosis.