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Oxford Handbook of Clinical Examination and Practical Skills (Oxford Medical Handbooks) [Flexibound]

James Thomas , Tanya Monaghan
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31 May 2007 019856838X 978-0198568384 1
Your one-stop-shop for final examination, the Oxford Handbook of Clinical Examination and Practical Skills is the first truly comprehensive pocket guide to clinical examination and practical skills for medical students and junior doctors. Providing clear and user-friendly guidance on all aspects of history taking, physical examination, common practical procedures, data interpretation and communication skills, it gives realistic advice on coping with common situations.

In line with current teaching methods, the book takes a systems-based approach to medicine. Each system chapter follows a structured format covering applied anatomy, history, examination, and the presentation of common and important disorders. The procedures section includes approximately forty practical procedures that the final year medical student and senior nurse are expected to perform, from hand-washing through cardiopulmonary resuscitation to inserting chest drains. The theory, practice and complications are outlined for each. The final section on data interpretation covers the basics of chest x-rays, abdominal x-rays, ECGs, lung function tests and several other areas that the junior doctor is expected to carry out in their early years of training.

Aimed at medical students throughout their course and student nurses throughout their clinical years, its clear presentation and layout combined with comprehensive clinical detail make this book an ideal guide both for quick reference whilst on the wards, or for more detailed study at the desk. It will also prove useful to junior doctors and nurse practitioners as a primer before going out onto wards, or into a primary care setting.

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  • Flexibound: 784 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford; 1 edition (31 May 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 019856838X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0198568384
  • Product Dimensions: 18 x 10.2 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 19,215 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The simple organization of the organ systems, the pertinent historical cures a practitioner should be looking for, the completeness of the description of the physical findings, supported by the excellent graphics, makes this one of the best texts on physical examination available...there is much to be learned by those at all levels of training from this well-organized, well-written book. (Doody's Notes)

This new book, which is part of the popular Oxford Handbook Series, is a must-have for final year students and newly qualified foundation doctors. ... The use of colour illustrations showing the clinical signs strengthens the book as a core text for students. ... I have yet to read a book like this that encompasses clinical skills and practical skills. (British Journal of Hospital Medicine, Vol 68, No 10,)

The books is part of the Oxford Handbook series (like the chesse and onion) and will therefor be familiar to the majoraty of students. Being a handbook is particulary useful and means it'll fit in most pockets without trouble... To finish this excellent piece of work, Thomas and Monaghan have included a chapter on interpretation - going through most of radiology, clinical chemistry and not forgetting the dreaded ECGs. (Scott's Spiel at http://www.scott-h.com)

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Concise, thorough and quirky 12 Nov 2007
This book is an excellent addition to the ever-popular Oxford Handbook series. It has all the usual stuff that you'd expect in a clinical examination book, but it also includes detailed coverage of many essential practical procedures (e.g. ABG) and has good sections on psychiatry and paeds. Medical ethics even make a brief appearance. In addition, there is a large data interpretation chapter which covers all the essentials such as interpretation of the ECG and chest X-ray. The style is crisp and to the point with a distinctive, sometimes quirky but erudite tone that I find enjoyable to read - and the text is peppered with interesting facts and historical curiosities. For instance, did you know that cat allergy is caused by one of the proteins in feline saliva (their fur is covered in it through licking) or that Abraham Lincoln may have had Marfan's syndrome (his slightly blurred face in photographs is probably a reflection of head nodding due to aortic regurgitation - De Musset's sign!). Best of all, despite being the only handbook in full colour, it only costs about twenty quid and it just about fits in your pocket. Five stars!
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I wish I'd had this for finals! 15 Aug 2007
This is a great addition to the Handbooks range, with plenty of useful, detailed descriptions of the sorts of things seniors just assume you know. While revising for my own medical finals I clearly remember becoming obsessive about finding out exactly how to do things like demonstrate Kernig's sign - I could only find very brief explanations which did nothing to allay my anxieties. This book not only describes such things in detail, it also provides photos to show you how to do them. The book covers the history and examination of the systems (including, again, explicit details where other books simply tell you to (eg) "examine the lymph nodes") and includes the lot - paeds, obstetrics and psychiatry as well as the usual stuff. There is a big section with instructions on how to do everything from taking a BP to placing a central line and a section on data interpretation including the basics of ECGs and CXRs. A really useful book for medical students and recent (or not so recent!) graduates.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
This is an absolutly fantastic text, and one I would recommend to all clinical medical students. The established process for examining each system is gone through in a step-by-step fashion in a succint yet thorough manner that is easy to read and digest. There is also a good level of detail on physical signs and their associated medical conditions for performing well in an OSCE and for when clerking patients for real. This concise, well organised approach makes it excellent for swatting up with whilst on the ward between seeing patients, and the small size makes in ammenable for carrying in your pocket. For each system there are also excellent recommendations on relevant good history taking.

The back section of the book contains more step-by-step details of how to perform more advanced practical procedures for junior doctors and simple ones like venepuncture and cannulation for medical students. There is also an excellent section on interpreting ECGs and CXRs.

This is one of the best medical textbooks I own (and I own quite a few!) and one of the finest in the oxford handbook range for medical students. I am sure it would also be a great aide memoire for junior doctors.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 21 Oct 2011
By SPowrie
Excellent companion for 4th and 5th year, where you spend the majority of your time in the clinical setting. I can see this still being useful into FY1, FY2 and beyond!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great clinical examiniation book 26 July 2009
Instead of aimless rambling that I found prevalent in the classic clinical examination books, this book is very focused to the detail required. Don't think this is lacking some of the basics either - each chapter begins with relevant anatomy and physiology which is a very useful summary.

The book is part of the Oxford Handbook Series (like the cheese and onion) and will therefore be familiar to the majority of students. Being a handbook is particularly useful and means it'll fit in most pockets without trouble.

Still, one of the best features has to be the latter part of the title. Practical skills include everything from hand washing and cannulation to pericardial aspiration and airway management. This is interesting for me but surely could be extremely useful for junior doctors.

To finish of this excellent piece of work there is a chapter on interpretation - going through most of radiology, clinical chemistry and not forgetting the dreaded ECGs.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars good in parts, weak in others... 3 Feb 2011
By bigflat
I disagree with the 5 star ratings of the other reviewers. On a superficial inspection of the book it appears comprehensive and detailed with a nice colour layout but on closer scrutiny there are sections which let the book down. For example, in the neurology chapter, the 2 pages on history taking give you a few questions to ask without any insight into their meaning. Why ask what the timing of onset is when there is no explanation of what it means e.g. abrupt suggests vascular, a few weeks suggests neoplastic etc. The speech chapter is also completely useless. You can read it and still have absolutely no idea what to do when your consultant says 'examine this patient's speech'. This in particular is an area where people come rapidly unstuck when put on the spot hence you need a specific routine to follow. You won't find one in this book.

Overall, it would not be wise to rely solely on this book. Other useful books include Mcleoud's clinical examination. As a quick revision aid the examination routines are reasonably useful and its a quick read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great
Great book, easy to use, well written, would recommend to medical students and nurse practitioners, gets you ready for those dreaded OSCE
Published 2 months ago by Beth
4.0 out of 5 stars It is a practical book
That said, it is a good book, but not as good as Oxford Clinical Medecine or Oxford Clinical specialties. On the other hand it is easy to read. Read more
Published 7 months ago by System Emperor medicine
3.0 out of 5 stars Informative
An informative book and a nice adjunct in practice, requires more detail but lots crammed in to a small pocket sized book.
Published 10 months ago by S NOURSE
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Book hands down for clinical examination
I brought this book with two others in my first year of med school. It wasn't on the recommended list but I'm so glad I ignored it! Read more
Published 10 months ago by L. M. Snee
5.0 out of 5 stars Good for Medical Students
I'd recommend this for all UK medical students as soon as they need to take history / examination. Contains handy notes on the most common and correct notation seen in notes. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Suavis
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
This is an exceptionally good book. Like any of the other Oxford handbooks. It gives you an overview as well as a procedure to follow. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Hannable
5.0 out of 5 stars i love it
good books, in good conditions and arrived early. Happy with it.
I rate it with 5 stars and hope to do it again
Published 11 months ago by Abdelaal
5.0 out of 5 stars The short, simple and concise Clinical Examination book
Written for those who wants pages of checklist, simple explanation, and above all, a good book for clinical exams. Read more
Published 12 months ago by New
5.0 out of 5 stars Oxford handbook of clinical examination and practical skills
Excellent book.
Exactly what I was looking for.
Handy book for referencing. Very detailed and precise. Lot of information in a handy sized book.
Published 13 months ago by Tezza
5.0 out of 5 stars My new best friend
Love this ocket sized guide. It has quickly become my new best friend! Useful for medical students or specialist nurses alike
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