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Great for ward and home study. Even better than previous edition!
on 30 October 2009
Now I'm a massive fan of the pocketbooks of differential diagnosis. I had the last one and was quite happy with it... but as soon as I saw a new one out i had to get it!
This one is even better than the 2nd edition. The previous one would list 10 or so differentials, half of which, if you regurgitated on a ward round, would result in the consultant telling you not to be ridiculous. But the new edition traffic lights them, so green ones are common, amber less so and red are rare. Great!
There's now a bit more colour, making it easy to read and the addition of a few more signs/symptoms. Unforunately this has meant the removal of some, though, like epistaxis.
One of my favourite bits about the new edition is the red flag box at the end of each symptom section... so for haemoptysis it tells you when to worry (ie when a smoker, immunocompromised, immigrants, massive quantities and associations). This is great, and is something that comes up in written papers and OSCEs (at HYMS anyway).
There's also two new sections at the back: biochemical presentations (hypocalcaemia et al) and haematological presentations (leucopenia et al), which are really useful.
Briefly - for those who don't know about this book - it lists each major presentation (sign or symptom) in alphabetical order. So if a patient comes in with polyuria you don't even need to use the index; just go alphabetically to polyuria. When in the right section for that presentation you will then be talked through the relevant questions to ask in a history (and the significance of certain answers), the relevant examinations to perform (and the significance of certain signs) and the relevant investigations to do (and the significance of certain results).
My favourite medical book!!!!