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Clinical Skills and Examination: The Core Curriculum

ISBN: 978-1-4051-5751-3
382 pages
June 2009, Wiley-Blackwell
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This practical, thorough, and concise pocketbook is the perfect companion to the clinical skills needed for life on the wards. It covers all the essential elements that lie at the heart of medical practice in which students must prove their competence, and lays the foundations needed for the rest of their medical career.

Part One covers history taking, examination and communication; and Part Two provides an overview of key practical procedures and diagnostic skills, all of which are typically examined via Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs) or other clinical case format examinations. The coverage of examination skills alongside practical procedures and explanations of typical tests and investigations make this pocketbook invaluable for students new to clinical medicine.

The authors are specialists in teaching clinical skills from both a medical and surgical perspective, and are perfectly placed to cover these cornerstones of medical practice.

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Table of Contents


Section I: History and Examination.

Chapter 1 History Taking.

Chapter 2 General Examination.

Chapter 3 Examination of the Cardiovascular System.

Chapter 4 Examination of the Chest.

Chapter 5 Examination of the Abdomen.

Chapter 6 Examination of the Mental State.

Chapter 7 Examination of the Nervous System.

Chapter 8 Assessment of Disability.

Chapter 9 Notes and Diagnostic Principles.

Chapter 10 Communication.

Section II: Clinical Investigation and Practical Skills.

Chapter 11 Radiological Investigations.

Chapter 12 Endoscopy.

Chapter 13 Cardiological Investigations.

Chapter 14 Other Investigations.

Chapter 15 Laboratory Investigations.

Chapter 16 Practical Skills.

Chapter 17 Common emergency treatments and Death.


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Author Information

The late Professor Robert Turner was Professor of Medicine at the University of Oxford.

Dr Brian Angus is a Clinical Tutor in Medicine and Honorary Consultant Physician at John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford, and is the Editorial Advisor on Rapid Infectious Diseases.

Mr Ashok Handa is a Clinical Tutor in Surgery and Honorary Consultant Surgeon at John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford.

Dr Chris Hatton is a Consultant Haematologist at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford and is co-author of Lecture Notes on Haematology.

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The Wiley Advantage

  • A thorough and concise companion to clinical skills for life on the wards
  • Previously part of the Lecture Notes series, this classic is now in a new pocket format perfect for the wards
  • Covers essential clinical knowledge, skills and attitudes required by medical students
  • A uniquely practical pocketbook for the novice clinical student
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Published Reviews

"Lecture Notes on Clinical Skills fits into both white coat and book budget, something the first year clinical student should bear in mind."

GKT Gazette

"It is a little smasher."

Surgo, Glasgow University Medical School

"An excellent reference for students and junior doctors on hospital clinical placements."

Scottish Medical Journal

"A very practical, 'white coat' text."

Pediatric Endocrinology Reviews

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