Pocket Clinical Examination
This small concise pocket book is another offspring of Talley and O'Connor's Clinical Examination (1996). At first glance it seems to be oversimplistic, but persistent readers will realise that this is where its value lies. Divided into chapters on different systems of the body, it goes through each clinical examination with advice on how to carry out procedures and what is being looked for by attentive clinicians, and it offers student friendly ways of learning. A prime example is the 6 F's for remembering the causes of a distended abdomen. Not content with the 5 F's mentioned elsewhere it follows “fetus, fat, fluid, faeces, and flatus” with “filthy great tumour.”
Each chapter has simple yet understandable pictures, text neatly tucked away in systematic boxes or tables, and a concluding summary that emphasises key points to remember in the ward or during an examination.
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