"Macleod’s Clinical Diagnosis is an innovative new book
complementing its companion sister textbook, the internationally-respected
Macleod’s Clinical Examination. It is a practical manual of clinical assessment
that describes how common presenting problems are evaluated and diagnosed in
modern clinical practice. This book will be an invaluable resource for senior
medical students and junior doctors as they attempt to make the difficult
transition from mastering basic clinical skills to assessing patients in the
real world of clinical medicine.
The format of the book is as follows:
•Part 1: The principles of clinical assessment: in addition
to defining the scope and remit of the book this initial group of chapters
invites readers to reconsider the overall aims of clinical assessment, the
contribution that each element of the assessment can make to these aims and how
the approach must be adapted to fit the clinical context. It also touches on
diagnostic theory and explains some different approaches to diagnosis.
•Part 2: How to assess common presenting problems: this
section forms the core of the book and consists of a series of ‘diagnostic
guides’ covering the major presenting problems in medicine and surgery; these
provide the reader with a system for how to use the tools of history-taking,
physical examination and routine tests to arrive at a logical differential
diagnosis. The guides also cover some limited ‘post-diagnosis information’ in
the form of severity/prognostic indicators."
Dr. Alan G. Japp and Colin Robertson
9th August, 2016
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