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Symptom Sorter [Paperback]

Keith Hopcroft , Vincent Forte
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25 Jun 2010 1846194539 978-1846194535 4th Revised edition
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Life would be much simpler for GPs if patients presented with diagnoses. Unfortunately, patients instead present with symptoms that are frequently vague, sometimes multiple and often obscure. Most clinical texts adopt a diagnosis rather than a symptom based approach. Across its four editions, Symptom Sorter has redressed this balance, becoming an essential reference book in primary care. Covering over 100 of the symptoms most commonly found in primary care, this latest, fully updated edition features new entries including failure to thrive and febrile children, anxiety, hip and knee pain, and mouth lumps and marks, all explored through the red flags , top tips and ready reckoner format for sorting symptoms that has made previous editions so popular and respected. All general practitioners, especially GP trainers, GP registrars, young principals, nurse practitioners and A&E nurses will find this book an invaluable reference.

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  • Paperback: 456 pages
  • Publisher: Radcliffe Publishing Ltd; 4th Revised edition edition (25 Jun 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846194539
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846194535
  • Product Dimensions: 17.1 x 2.2 x 24.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,671 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From reviews of previous editions: 'Essential for all GPs, trainers and registrars. Great value and a superb practical book. Five stars!' --Doctor

'This is the one book I would like to take into the consulting room.' LONDON CALLING 'If you have this book in your room, and you consult it every day, my guess is that you will do at least one thing better every day, and, maybe many more. If that is not a recommedation for a book, then I don't know what is.' --Work Based Learning in Primary Care

'A classic general practice book.' FAMILY MEDICINE 'A very useful reference tool. Very user friendly and informative. A valuable asset for any practice library. It is one of the most well used books on my shelf.' --Beds and Herts Faculty News

'This is the one book I would like to take into the consulting room.' LONDON CALLING 'If you have this book in your room, and you consult it every day, my guess is that you will do at least one thing better every day, and, maybe many more. If that is not a recommedation for a book, then I don't know what is.' --Work Based Learning in Primary Care

'A classic general practice book.' FAMILY MEDICINE 'A very useful reference tool. Very user friendly and informative. A valuable asset for any practice library. It is one of the most well used books on my shelf.' --Beds and Herts Faculty News

'This is the one book I would like to take into the consulting room.' LONDON CALLING 'If you have this book in your room, and you consult it every day, my guess is that you will do at least one thing better every day, and, maybe many more. If that is not a recommedation for a book, then I don't know what is.' --Work Based Learning in Primary Care

'A classic general practice book.' FAMILY MEDICINE 'A very useful reference tool. Very user friendly and informative. A valuable asset for any practice library. It is one of the most well used books on my shelf.' --Beds and Herts Faculty News

About the Author

Respectively General Practitioner, Honorary Lecturer, Royal Free and UCL Medical School; Forensic Medical Examiner, freelance General Practitioner and Writer

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59 of 59 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simple, informative, useful 20 Aug 2003
By Nehwyn
Format:Paperback
This book delivers exactly what its title promises: an easy way to "sort" through most common symptoms in general practice. (Like "weight gain", "facial pain", "backache", "tremor") For each symptom, the most likely causes are described (with easy guidelines for differential diagnosis), followed by progressively unlikely causes. You then get a list of appropriate investigations and a series of "hints & tips" for practical management.
The usefulness of "Symptom Sorter" isn't limited to general practitioners, but extends to undergraduate medical students as well, providing a clear and informative view of symptoms and primary care. The only flaw I can detect is that the book chapters are named with non-medical, common usage terms (this could actually be a pro if the reader is not conversant in medicine).
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40 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars v useful for students too 1 Dec 2001
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The book has an excellent format - for each presentation, it lists a differential diagnosis, divided into common, uncommon & rare conditions - unlike other books I have seen on differential diagnosis (eg Churchill pocketbook), which do not distinguish between common & rare conditions. (This will be particularly useful for medical students - we are always being told that 'common things are common' but don't have the practical experience to know which the common diseases are!)
Each presentation has a table of key clinical features to distinguish between the 5 commonest diagnoses.
The book also lists investigations in order of importance, & has hints & tips, plus 'red flags' indicating serious pathology. It is clearly written and not unduly long - it could comfortably be read in a couple of days.
Although aimed at GP's, I'm sure the book would prove immensely useful to clinical medical students, & I will be recommending it to other students at my medical school.
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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a relief! 29 Aug 2002
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
At last someone has written the book of my dreams! This book is aimed at those entering General Practice who have to jump from one area to another with each consultation. Patients don't present with diagnoses, they come with symptoms and I like having check lists to use when faced with the uncertainties that this presents. Whilst this book cannot provide definitive lists for every symptom it has been a great aide memoire especially for those 'wooly' ones that seem so common, such as giddyness. I am sure it will be well used over the next few years. It has a good layout and there is plenty of information which acts as food for thought. There is also plenty of space to make your own notes. The authors come across as people in the front line and I recommend this book to those who are starting out in the field of Primary Health Care.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars useful for registrars 12 July 2001
Format:Paperback
nice and simple approach.You look up the symptom and take it from there.Particularly useful for GP registrars who will for the first time meet "unsorted" symptoms and their carrier.I lent my copy to our registrar and never got it back!
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I use this guide every day! 6 Mar 2003
Format:Paperback
From the moment i picked up this book it became an invaluable resource. Being fairly new to general practice and new to the post of a Practice Nurse this book gave a very good grounding towards dealing with patients disorders and as an aide memoire to reference to. I look forward to the time when it becomes an assesed and accredited course for practice nurses to assist them with pREPP and to give theri employers a guidence as to their current skillls analysis. Well done!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must-have for your GP placement 12 Sep 2007
Format:Paperback
G.P. placements can be overwhelming for medical students like me primarily due to the vast spectrum of different presentations. As you don't have much time for each consultation, you need to take a focussed history to differentiate between the possible diagnoses so a good starting point is having an idea of differentials for each symptom ......this book is an invaluable tool for each presentation e.g. dizziness

INSIDE: This book is organised by presenting symptoms. Inside there are:
- Differentials (split up into common, occasional and rare).
- A quick tool to differentiate between the common disorders
- Possible investigations
- Top tips
- Red flags - highlights symptoms with significant pathology.

I would definitely recommend this book, its simple clear layout makes it a sure winner...if I pass my G.P. block it will be down to this book!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars essential resource 28 Feb 2010
By Trisha
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The layout of this book is perfect and it delivers exactly what the author promises. It is easy to use directing the reader to well laid out sections summarising key features of clinical presentations. For me the 'red flags' section is particularly helpful and reassuring. It is an essential resource in my role and I recommend this to any Nurse Practitioner in General Practice.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good book for GPs or Medical students 16 April 2013
By New
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Bought it out of interest, but I would not recommend it as a primary reference source for medical finals. only for interest.
Still, it is a good book for common illnesses, and it gives a concise way to differentiate between the 5 most commonest diagnoses with updated statistics.
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useful revision aid
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Really handy reference guide.
Published 2 months ago by Carlton L D Real
5.0 out of 5 stars Straightforward and invaluable
A well designed and simple to use book. Invaluable for reference and daily use. Highly recommended. Has become one of the frequently used book. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Is excellent for GPs
This book is a great aid to diagnosis; starting with the symptoms, differential diagnostic symptoms and signs; and with practical tips. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Prof John D. Walley
4.0 out of 5 stars Very useful
Got this to use at work and it is a great little reference book, especially helpful in a GP practice
Published 9 months ago by A. J. Muirhead-starr
5.0 out of 5 stars good value for money
Great book easy and simple to use.
high lights red flags conditions and symptoms within each system
I have used it in conjunction with A&P, and clinical assessment... Read more
Published 12 months ago by 12345
1.0 out of 5 stars Poor transfer from paper to electronic version
I have used a paper version of this text on occasions and found it helpful - downloading the Ebook version was a shock since this is so badly done. Read more
Published 13 months ago by RS
4.0 out of 5 stars good
Quite a good book, easy to use, but you do have to have some medical background. I would recommend it, but does need to be used in conjunction with other reference books. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Mrs. P. E. Rhys-davies
3.0 out of 5 stars Thank you. Excellent service
Received the book in good time and good condition. I bought the book as a replacement for one I lost at uni. I used the book mainly for my GP placement. Read more
Published 15 months ago by sarah
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