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Clinician's Pocket Reference, 11th Edition / Edition 11

Clinician's Pocket Reference, 11th Edition / Edition 11

by Leonard G. Gomella, Steven A. Haist


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Clinician's Pocket Reference, 11th Edition / Edition 11

The original Scut Monkey Handbook is the market-leading survival guide for the wards and in the clinic!

"This pocket reference is packed with information that is important for medical students and interns on a day-to-day basis. It is rich with practical information that might otherwise be located in different manuals....Medical students and other healthcare providers beginning their clinical rotations are the intended audience. The fundamental information is important for all clinicians to master, thus the book serves housestaff quite well also....This book continues to be a favorite among medical students and housestaff for good reason."—Doody's Review Service

"This book continues to be a favorite among medical students and housestaff for good reason."—Doody's Review Service

This portable, pocket-sized "manual of manuals" provides essential patient care information for medical students. You will find totally up-to-date coverage of current treatment protocols and step-by-step information on the history and physical examination, differential diagnosis, key lab and diagnostic tests, and much more.

  • Revised format and design delivers bulleted, concise information as well as numerous flow charts and tables
  • Thoroughly updated and revised with particular attention to topics like clinical microbiology, critical care, emergencies, and commonly used medications

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780071454285
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
Publication date: 12/09/2006
Edition description: Net
Pages: 752
Sales rank: 465,573
Product dimensions: 4.80(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Leonard Gomella, MD, FACS is Chairman of the Dept. of Urology, Jefferson Medical College.

Steven Haist, MD, MS is Professor of Medicine, University of Kentucky Medical Center.

Table of Contents

1. History and Physical Examination

2. Chartwork

3. Differential Diagnosis: Symptoms, Signs, and Conditions

4. Laboratory Diagnosis: Chemistry, Immunology, Serology

5. Laboratory Diagnosis: Clinical Hematology

6. Laboratory Diagnosis: Urine Studies

7. Clinical Microbiology

8. Blood Gases and Acid-Base Disorders

9. Fluids and Electrolytes

10. Blood Component Therapy

11. Nutritional Assessment, Therapeutic Diets, and Infant Feeding

12. Enteral and Parenteral Nutrition

13. Bedside Procedures

14. Pain Management

15. Imaging Studies

16. Introduction to the Operating Room

17. Suturing Techniques and Wound Care

18. Respiratory Care

19. Basic ECG Reading

20. Critical Care

21. Common Medical Emergencies

22. Commonly Used Medications



The Clinician's Pocket Reference is based on a University of Kentucky house manual entitled So You want to Be a Scut Monkey: Medical Student's and House Officer's Clinical Handbook. The Scut Monkey Program at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine began in the Summer of 1978 and was developed by members of the Class of 1980 to help ease the often frustrating transition from the preclinical to the clinical Years of medical school. From detailed surveys at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine and 44 other medical schools, a list of essential information and skills that third-year students should be familiar with at the start of their clinical years was developed. The Scut Monkey Program was developed around this core of material and consisted of reference manuals and a series of workshops Conducted at the start of the third year. Presented originally as a pilot program for the University of Kentucky College of Medicine Class of 1981, the program has been incorporated into the thitd-year curriculum. It is the responsibility of each new fourth-year class to orient the new third-year students. The basis of the program's success is the fact that it was developed and taught by students for other students. This method has allowed us to maintain perspective on those areas that are critical not only for learning while on the wards but also for delivering effective patient care. Information on the Scut Monkey Orientation Program is available from Todd Cheever, MD, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine.

Through the last eight edition,the book has undergone expansion and careful revisions as the practice of medicine and the educational needs of students have changed. Although the book's onginal mission, providing new clinical clerks with essential patient care informanon in an easy-to-use format, remains unchanged, our readership has expanded. Residents, practicing physicians, and allied health professionals all use the Clinician's Pocket Reference as a "manual of manuals. Even individual considering careers in medicine have used the book in their decision-making process. An attempt is made to cover the most frequently asked basic management questions that are normally found in many different sources, such as procedure manuals, laboratory manuals, drug references, and critical care manuals, to name a few. It is not meant as a substitute for specialty-specific reference manuals. The core of information presented is a foundation for new medical students as they move through training to more advanced medical studies.

The book is designed to represent a cross section of medical practices around the country. The Clinician's Pocket Reference has been translated into six different languages with electronic media versions in development. I was honored to have been asked to grant permission to Warner Brothers, the producers of the TV show "ER", to have the eighth edition of the Scut Monkey book as one ofthe books used on their series.

I would like to express special thanks to my wife and my family for their long-term support of the Scut Monkey Project. Linda Davoli, our extraordinary copy editor, had an exceptional eye for detail in helping create this final work. Janet Foltin. Harriet Lebowitz, Lester Sheinis, and the team at McGraw-Hill were instrumental in moving the book forward and in giving the ninth edition a fresh, new two-color format. They are also responsible for helping reach our longterm goal of the new companion manual, the Clinician's Pocket Drug Reference. A special thanks to my assistant Conchita Ballard, who always kept things organized and flowing smoothly. I am indebted to all of the past contributors and readers who have helped to keep the Scut Monkey book as a useful reference for students and residents worldwide. The original coeditors of this work, G. Richard Bracn, MD, and Michael J. Olding, MD, are acknowledged for their early contributions.

Your comments and suggestions for improvement are always welcomed by me personally, since revisions to the book would not be possible if it were not for the ongoing interest of our readers. I hope this book will not only help you learn some of the basics of the art and science of medicine but also allow you to care for your patients in the best way possible.
Leonard G. Goinella. MD, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Leonard.Gornella@

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Clinician's Pocket Reference, 11th Edition 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I find that it is a good basic book that tells you where to start when something is abnormal.
Julie33 More than 1 year ago
The clinician's pocket reference is an amazing guide for the novice physician. It is extremely detailed and organized. It would help to have both lamen and medical terminology for those that struggle with remembering certain terms, but otherwise a fantastic reference guide.
DrPaula More than 1 year ago
its a good book, for recap and reviews, using for the USMLE and For Residence.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a Physicians Assistant student and I needed something that I could carry in my pocket while on rotations. Lab values is something I am weak in at this current time and this book has greatly helped me! Once I got familiar with it, I could quickly look up abnormalities and help find a solution! I would recommend this to any med/PA student.