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Want to learn real diagnostic skills? Start with real cases! The perfect companion to Bates' Guide to Physical Examination and History Taking, this practical study resource uses actual case vignettes to help you enhance your physical examination, diagnostic, and critical thinking skills. Following the structure of the parent textbook, most chapters feature one or more case vignettes, providing a chief complaint and a brief medical history. Based on this information, you'll then select the appropriate physical exam techniques, integrate informatin from the patient's history and physical exam, and formulate hypotheses leading to a differential diagnosis. Enchance your clinical judgment with these features: *Primary care focus addresses a range of common complaints--including unexplained weight loss, earache, stomach pain, persistent cough, breast lumps, constipation, low back pain, and dizziness.*Lists of physical findings for each case help you understand the importance of proper documentation.*Multiple choice, matching, and labeling activities help to reaffirm your understanding.* Appendix with answers lets you check the accuracy of your responses and identify areas in need of further study.Let this hands-on resource help you apply essential principles to practice, enhance physical examination skills, improve clinical thinking, and sharpen diagnostic accuracy.
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1 Beginning the Physical Examination: General Survey and Vital Signs2 The Skin, Hair, and Nails3 The Head and Neck4 The Thorax and Lungs5 The Cardiovascular System6 The Breasts and Axillae7 The Abdomen8 Male Genitalia and Hernias9 Female Genitalia10 The Anus, Rectum, and Prostate11 The Peripheral Vascular System12 The Musculoskeletal System13 The Nervous System: Mental Status14 The Nervous System: Cranial Nerves, Motor, Sensory, and Reflexes15 Infants Through Adolescents16 The Pregnant Woman17 The Older AdultReferencesAnswers and Explanations

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