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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Sally Ling, M.D.;FACP(University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine)
Description: This book is designed to help a clinician make a diagnosis based upon a patient's presenting complaints during the limited time frame of an office visit.
Purpose: This is a quick reference for the clinician who is faced with a diagnostic challenge that may present as symptoms, physical abnormalities, or laboratory findings. The format allows the clinician to consult the book within the time constraints of a typical patient encounter.
Audience: The book is well suited for medical students and primary healthcare providers who look to benefit from a resource that helps to streamline the diagnostic process based upon a specific complaint or finding.
Features: Common conditions encountered in primary care are covered. The topics are organized initially as undifferentiated problems, such as dizziness, then as topics related to each system.
Assessment: This book focuses upon the diagnostic process in the context of a limited office visit. Each topic is discussed by pathophysiology, evaluation, including the history, physical examination and testing, then diagnosis including a differential diagnosis and clinical manifestations.