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The Patient History: Evidence-Based Approach
     

The Patient History: Evidence-Based Approach

by Mark Henderson, Lawrence Tierney, Gerald Smetana
 

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The definitive evidence-based introduction to patient history-taking

NOW IN FULL COLOR

For medical students and other health professions students, an accurate differential diagnosis starts with The Patient History. The ideal companion to major textbooks on the physical examination, this trusted guide is widely acclaimed

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The definitive evidence-based introduction to patient history-taking

NOW IN FULL COLOR

For medical students and other health professions students, an accurate differential diagnosis starts with The Patient History. The ideal companion to major textbooks on the physical examination, this trusted guide is widely acclaimed for its skill-building, and evidence based approach to the medical history.

Now in full color, The Patient History defines best practices for the patient interview, explaining how to effectively elicit information from the patient in order to generate an accurate differential diagnosis. The second edition features all-new chapters, case scenarios, and a wealth of diagnostic algorithms. Introductory chapters articulate the fundamental principles of medical interviewing. The book employs a rigorous evidenced-based approach, reviewing and highlighting relevant citations from the literature throughout each chapter.

Features

  • NEW! Case scenarios introduce each chapter and place history-taking principles in clinical context
  • NEW! Self-assessment multiple choice Q&A conclude each chapter—an ideal review for students seeking to assess their retention of chapter material
  • NEW! Full-color presentation
  • Essential chapter on red eye, pruritus, and hair loss
  • Symptom-based chapters covering 59 common symptoms and clinical presentations
  • Diagnostic approach section after each chapter featuring color algorithms and several multiple-choice questions
  • Hundreds of practical, high-yield questions to guide the history, ranging from basic queries to those appropriate for more experienced clinicians

Editorial Reviews

5 Stars! from Doody
Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780071804202
Publisher:
McGraw-Hill Education
Publication date:
07/06/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
738
File size:
47 MB
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Meet the Author

Author Profiles
Mark Henderson MD
Director of the Residency Program
University of California-Davis School of Medicine

Gerald Smetana MD
Associate Professor of Medicine
Harvard Medical School

Lawrence Tierney, MD
Professor of Medicine
University of California-San Francisco School of Medicine

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