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ABC of Emergency Differential Diagnosis

Francis Morris (Editor), Alan Fletcher (Editor)
ISBN: 978-1-4051-7063-5
92 pages
July 2009, BMJ Books
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A practical guide to the diagnosis and treatment of acute symptoms and conditions, the ABC of Emergency Differential Diagnosis provides a step-by-step guide to emergency differential diagnosis for non-specialists in a hospital or primary care setting.

This new title in the ABC series covers the assessment, diagnosis, treatment, and management of the most common symptoms with 'walk through' diagnosis, clear learning outcomes, and easy to find treatment options.

Using the familiar problem-based teaching approach for rapid assimilation of information, case studies in each chapter allow the reader to be sure that they have synthesised the information given and can apply it to clinical cases.

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1 Unconsciousness and Coma (Roger Dalton).

2 Calf Pain (Francis Morris and Alan Fletcher).

3 Chest Pain – Cardiac (Nicki Doddridge).

4 High Fever (Rachel Foster).

5 Vaginal Bleeding (Sian Ireland and Karen Selby).

6 Transient Weakness (Carole Gavin).

7 Abdominal Pain – Epigastric (Duncan Drury).

8 Acute Headache (Tom Locker).

9 Acutely Painful Joint (Rachel Tattersall).

10 Chest Pain – Pleuritic (Claire Gardner and Kevin Jones).

11 Dizziness (Scott Davison).

12 The Intoxicated Patient (Sue Croft).

13 The Shocked Patient (Arun Chaudhuri).

14 Palpitations (Charles Heatley).

15 Low Back Pain (Richard Kendall).

16 Acute Confusion (Steve Goodacre).

17 Shortness of Breath (Kevin Jones and Claire Gardner).

18 Collapse of Unknown Cause (Peter Lawson).

19 Abdominal Pain (Suzanne Mason and Alastair Pickering).


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Francis Morris, Consultant in Emergency Medicine, Northern General Hospital, Sheffield, UK. Lead editor of ABC of Clinical Electrocardiography. He is the Clinical Director of the Chest Pain Unit in Sheffiled and has written four book on aspects of emergency medicine. He is a regional representative of the British Association of Emergency Medicine. His main research interests are the management of chest pain, DVT and pulmonary embolus.

Alan Fletcher, B Med Sci(Hons), MB ChB, MRCP, FFAEM. Appointed Consultant in Acute General Medicine and Emergency Medicine in 2004, Alan has clinical responsibilities in the Emergency Department and Medical Assessment Units. He is Sheffield Teaching Hospitals' Clinical Lead for Acute Medicine, Training Programme Director for Acute Medicine in the South Yorkshire Deanery, and Foundation Programme Director. Apart from an active teaching responsibility, he has research interests in the assessment of Nurse Practitioner competence and the value of acute medical admission.

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  • a practical, step-by-step guide to the diagnosis and treatment of acute conditions for non-specialists
  • covers the essentials on symptoms, assessment, diagnosis, treatment and management of the most important conditions
  • includes ‘walk through’ diagnosis, clear learning outcomes and easy to find treatment options
  • takes a problem-based approach, familiar with students from medical school teaching aids, for the rapid assimilation of information
  • features case studies that allow the reader to be sure that they have synthesised the information given and can apply it to a clinical case
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