Symptom to Diagnosis, An Evidence Based Guide Second Edition / Edition 2

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Overview

An engaging case-based approach to learning the diagnostic process in internal medicine

"All clinicians caring for patients, from medical students to residents and attending physicians, are the intended audience. The book is well written for all levels, and the authors are well-respected educators and experts in the field. 3 Stars."—Doody's Review Service

Symptom to Diagnosis teaches you an evidence-based, step-by-step process for evaluating, diagnosing, and treating patients based on their clinical complaints. By applying this process you will be able to recognize specific diseases and prescribe the most effective therapy.

Each chapter is built around a common patient complaint that illustrates essential concepts and provides insight into the process by which the differential diagnosis is identified.

Coverage for each disease includes:

  • Textbook Presentation: offers a concise statement of the common or classic presentation of the particular disease
  • Disease Highlights: covers the most pertinent epidemiologic and pathophysiologic information for the disease
  • Evidence-Based Diagnosis: reviews the accuracy of the history, physical exam, laboratory and radiologic tests for the disease. In this unique section, the author points out the findings that help you “rule in” or “rule out” the various diseases.
  • Treatment: details the basics of therapy for the disease discussed

Filled with algorithms, summary tables, and questions that direct evaluation, Symptom to Diagnosis is a true must read before your first clinical encounter.

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Editorial Reviews

Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: Vincent F Carr, DO, MSA, FACC, FACP (Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences)
Description: This book describes a process clinicians can use to work through to the appropriate diagnosis using current literature as a guide. The first edition was published in 2006.
Purpose: The purpose is to develop an interesting, practical, and informative approach to teaching the diagnostic process in internal medicine. The authors differentiate this book from others that describe the disease by characterizing the process leading to the diagnosis.
Audience: All clinicians caring for patients, from medical students to residents and attending physicians, are the intended audience. The book is well written for all levels, and the authors are well-respected educators and experts in the field.
Features: This edition has new chapters, most notably one on AIDS/HIV, and additional color pages of rashes, a definite advantage. The chapters highlight identifiable history and physical findings specific to a condition as "fingerprints." The first chapter has a valuable description of the diagnostic process, how to develop a differential diagnosis, and how to use ancillary testing. The question-and-answer format is appropriate for those studying for board examinations. Numerous charts, tables, and highlighted teaching points make the reading very easy.
Assessment: While the approach to developing the diagnosis and differential is refreshing and well done, it is a bit of a stretch to say that the book incorporates "evidence" as the basis, as the references are somewhat limited. The facts that the authors rely upon are accepted and described in major textbooks, but hard evidence is not cited, mainly because this level of evidence is not readily documented in the literature.
From The Critics
Reviewer:Vincent F Carr, DO, MSA, FACC, FACP(Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences)
Description:This book describes a process clinicians can use to work through to the appropriate diagnosis using current literature as a guide. The first edition was published in 2006.
Purpose:The purpose is to develop an interesting, practical, and informative approach to teaching the diagnostic process in internal medicine. The authors differentiate this book from others that describe the disease by characterizing the process leading to the diagnosis.
Audience:All clinicians caring for patients, from medical students to residents and attending physicians, are the intended audience. The book is well written for all levels, and the authors are well-respected educators and experts in the field.
Features:This edition has new chapters, most notably one on AIDS/HIV, and additional color pages of rashes, a definite advantage. The chapters highlight identifiable history and physical findings specific to a condition as "fingerprints." The first chapter has a valuable description of the diagnostic process, how to develop a differential diagnosis, and how to use ancillary testing. The question-and-answer format is appropriate for those studying for board examinations. Numerous charts, tables, and highlighted teaching points make the reading very easy.
Assessment:While the approach to developing the diagnosis and differential is refreshing and well done, it is a bit of a stretch to say that the book incorporates "evidence" as the basis, as the references are somewhat limited. The facts that the authors rely upon are accepted and described in major textbooks, but hard evidence is not cited, mainly because this level of evidence is not readily documented in the literature.
From The Critics
Reviewer: Vincent F Carr, DO, MSA, FACC, FACP (Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences)
Description: This book describes a process clinicians can use to work through to the appropriate diagnosis using current literature as a guide. The first edition was published in 2006.
Purpose: The purpose is to develop an interesting, practical, and informative approach to teaching the diagnostic process in internal medicine. The authors differentiate this book from others that describe the disease by characterizing the process leading to the diagnosis.
Audience: All clinicians caring for patients, from medical students to residents and attending physicians, are the intended audience. The book is well written for all levels, and the authors are well-respected educators and experts in the field.
Features: This edition has new chapters, most notably one on AIDS/HIV, and additional color pages of rashes, a definite advantage. The chapters highlight identifiable history and physical findings specific to a condition as "fingerprints." The first chapter has a valuable description of the diagnostic process, how to develop a differential diagnosis, and how to use ancillary testing. The question-and-answer format is appropriate for those studying for board examinations. Numerous charts, tables, and highlighted teaching points make the reading very easy.
Assessment: While the approach to developing the diagnosis and differential is refreshing and well done, it is a bit of a stretch to say that the book incorporates "evidence" as the basis, as the references are somewhat limited. The facts that the authors rely upon are accepted and described in major textbooks, but hard evidence is not cited, mainly because this level of evidence is not readily documented in the literature.
From The Critics
Reviewer: Vincent F Carr, DO, MSA, FACC, FACP(Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences)
Description: This book describes a process clinicians can use to work through to the appropriate diagnosis using current literature as a guide. The first edition was published in 2006.
Purpose: The purpose is to develop an interesting, practical, and informative approach to teaching the diagnostic process in internal medicine. The authors differentiate this book from others that describe the disease by characterizing the process leading to the diagnosis.
Audience: All clinicians caring for patients, from medical students to residents and attending physicians, are the intended audience. The book is well written for all levels, and the authors are well-respected educators and experts in the field.
Features: This edition has new chapters, most notably one on AIDS/HIV, and additional color pages of rashes, a definite advantage. The chapters highlight identifiable history and physical findings specific to a condition as "fingerprints." The first chapter has a valuable description of the diagnostic process, how to develop a differential diagnosis, and how to use ancillary testing. The question-and-answer format is appropriate for those studying for board examinations. Numerous charts, tables, and highlighted teaching points make the reading very easy.
Assessment: While the approach to developing the diagnosis and differential is refreshing and well done, it is a bit of a stretch to say that the book incorporates "evidence" as the basis, as the references are somewhat limited. The facts that the authors rely upon are accepted and described in major textbooks, but hard evidence is not cited, mainly because this level of evidence is not readily documented in the literature.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071496131
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/16/2009
  • Series: LANGE Clinical Medicine Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 504
  • Sales rank: 48,022
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Scott D.C. Stern, MD, FACP

Professor of Medicine

Co-Director, Junior Clerkship in Medicine

Clinical Director of Clinical Pathophysiology and Therapeutics

University of Chicago

Pritzker School of Medicine

Chicago, IL

Adam S. Cifu, MD, FACP

Associate Professor of Medicine

Co-Director, Junior Clerkship in Medicine

University of Chicago

Pritzker School of Medicine

Chicago, IL

Diane Altkorn, MD, FACP

Associate Professor of Medicine

Director, Senior Student Clerkships in Medicine

University of Chicago

Pritzker School of Medicine

Chicago, IL

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Table of Contents

Contributing Authors

Preface

Acknowledgments

1. The Diagnostic Process

2. Screening & Health Maintenance

3. Abdominal Pain

4. Acid-Base Abnormalities

5. AIDS/HIV Infection

6. Anemia

7. Back Pain

8. Chest Pain

9. Cough, Fever, and Respiratory Infections

10. Delirium and Dementia

11. Diabetes

12. Diarrhea, Acute

13. Dizziness

14. Dyspnea

15. Edema

16. Fatigue

17. Gastrointestinal Bleeding

18. Headache

19. Hypercalcemia

20. Hypertension

21. Hyponatremia and Hypernatremia

22. Jaundice and Abnormal Liver Enzymes

23. Joint Pain

24. Rashes

25. Renal Failure, Acute

26. Syncope

27. Weight Loss, Involuntary

28. Wheezing and stridor

Index

Color Insert appears between pages 404 and 405

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