Clinical Skills and Examination: The Core Curriculum, 5th Edition
June 2009, Wiley-Blackwell
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.
SECTION I: History and examination
Chapter 1 History taking, 3
Chapter 2 General examination, 25
Chapter 3 Examination of the cardiovascular system, 59
Chapter 4 Examination of the chest, 87
Chapter 5 Examination of the abdomen, 97
Chapter 6 Examination of the mental state, 112
Chapter 7 Examination of the nervous system, 122
Chapter 8 Assessment of disability including care of the elderly, 166
Chapter 9 Basic examination, notes and diagnostic principles, 173
Chapter 10 Presenting cases and communication, 185
SECTION II: Clinical investigation and practical skills
Chapter 11 Clinical and radiological investigations, 201
Chapter 12 Endoscopy, 230
Chapter 13 Cardiological investigations, 236
Chapter 14 Practical skills, 279
Chapter 15 Common emergency treatments, 326
Appendix 1 Jaeger reading chart, 338
Appendix 2 Visual acuity 3 m chart, 338
Appendix 3 Cardiac arrest instructions, 340
Appendix 4 Duties of a doctor, 341
Appendix 5 Laboratory resultsnormal values, 342
Appendix 6 Examples of OSCE assessment stations, 349
Appendix 7 Rockall Score, 350
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
Mr Ashok Handa is a Clinical Tutor in Surgery and
Honorary Consultant Surgeon at John Radcliffe Hospital in
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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