Oxford American Handbook of Clinical Examination and Practical Skills

ISBN : 9780195389722

Elizabeth Burns; Kenneth Korn; James Whyte
720 Pages
101 x 180 mm
Pub date
Jul 2011
Oxford American Handbooks of Medicine
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The Oxford American Handbook of Clinical Examination and Practical Skills is a comprehensive pocket guide for medical, physician assistant, and nurse practitioner students. It is designed to help students transition from classroom to clinical internships, preceptorships, and clerkships. Providing clear and user-friendly guidance on all aspects of history taking, physical examination, common practical procedures, data interpretation and communication skills, it gives realistic advice on coping with and mastering common situations. Each systems chapter follows a structured format covering applied anatomy, history, examination, and the presentation of common and important disorders. The procedures section includes approximately forty practical procedures that the final year medical student and senior nurse are expected to perform. The section on data interpretation covers the basics of chest x-rays, abdominal x-rays, ECGs, lung function tests and several other areas that the student is expected to carry out in their early years of training.


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Detailed contents
Symbols and abbreviations
1 Communication skills
2 The history
3 General examination
4 Skin, hair, and nails
5 The endocrine system
6 Ear, nose, and throat
7 The cardiovascular system
8 The respiratory system
9 The abdomen
10 The nervous system
11 The musculoskeletal system
12 The male reproductive system
13 The female breast
14 The female reproductive system
15 The psychiatric assessment
16 The pediatric assessment
17 Considerations regarding patient care under special circumstances
18 Practical procedures
19 Data interpretation

About the author: 

Elizabeth Burns: Professor of Family Medicine and Community Assistant Dean, Michigan State University Kalamazoo Center for Medical Studies, Kalamazoo, Michigan; Kenneth Korn: Leon County Health Department, Florida Department of Health, Tallahassee, Florida; University of North Dakota, Physician Assistant Program, Grand Forks, North Dakota; James Whyte: Florida State University, College of Nursing, Tallahassee, Florida

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