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Davidson's Clinical Cases Paperback – 21 Apr 2008

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  • Paperback: 356 pages
  • Publisher: Churchill Livingstone; 1 edition (21 April 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0443068941
  • ISBN-13: 978-0443068942
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 15.2 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 552,586 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"An excellent addition to the library of any clinical student, this volume helps elucidate the steps necessary to arrive at a clinical diagnosis. The step wise approach to case development is particularly helpful, guiding the reader through the steps necessary for clinical diagnosis." "BMA Book Awards 2009 - judges comments"

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This book has almost a 100 cases covering anything from a case of 'chest pain' to the rarer cases such as a man bitten by a snake. It covers all subjects of medicine and all age ranges, and has been developed to cover international aspects of medicine - so you learn about global issues.

Although clearly it can't cover everything, there is sufficient breadth in the book to take the reader through a 'tour of medicine' whilst at the same time helping them hone their diagnostic skills.

The cases are structured so that you read the presenting problem and then formulate a differenital diagnosis, you then get the results of the examination, before going on to look at further investigations, making the final diagnosis and then discussing treatment options. There are also numerous illustrations and photographs.

Overall, I think the book is great. For me, I think it will be of most use revising for finals as I think it's a great book to develop skills in making differential diagnoses as well as developing knowledge about patient management. A couple cases a day over a couple months would allow you to cover a lot, and they don't take too long either!
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Davidson's Clinical Cases contains 93 clinical cases covering a wide variety of different specialties. Each case follows a specific formula. You are taken through each case, step by step. As you progress through the case, you are asked to think about initial differential diagnosis from the given presenting complaint, and how your differential diagnosis is narrowed down by the results of examinations and investigations. Details about the differential diagnoses are outlined. Each case contains detailed examination and investigation results, including relevant radiological images, histopathology and photos of gross pathology, as well as ECGs etc. Once the diagnosis has been narrowed down, the possible pharmacological and surgical treatment options are then discussed.

The approach of this book gets you used to following a clinical case through in a logical order, from presenting complaint to treatment. It is also a great help with pattern recognition for different diseases. At the end of each case, `global issues' briefly add further relevant information (pathology, pharmacology, epidemiology etc.) on the case covered, giving the case wider relevance. The cases are quite concise, each case being 3-4 pages on average. However, each has a good amount of detail.

I find it useful to read through cases in this book that are relevant to the specialty/system I am covering at the time. It gives you an idea of the sort of things you should be thinking about when you meet certain presenting complaints. It's also a great book to just enjoy reading through some of the interesting cases.

The book is very well designed, and a pleasure to read. And the images are all of a high quality and in full colour. It's quite a small book, so is handy for carrying around.
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Davidson's Clinical Cases is yet another great addition to the Davidson's family of textbooks. The compact book follows the trademark style of its sister textbooks, giving it a sense of familiarity and continuity when used alongside them. With so many books containing clinical cases crowding the market, this stands out as worth having due to the variety of diagnoses covered - indeed, alongside the usual medical must-haves such as hypertension, headache and hyperthyroidism, readers also come across rarities such as snake bites, scorpion stings and leishmaniasis. Its breadth makes it an attractive prospect not just for undergraduate students, but also for postgraduates as well - and the format in which it is presented allows the reader to work through the case step by step, with additional information being presented at appropriate intervals. This makes it an excellent revision aid, as students can test their existing knowledge as they work through the case, consolidating knowledge of the condition at the end. At the end of each case is a small section entitled `Global Issues' which presents relevant information regarding the condition in other parts of the world - a useful and manageable amount of information regarding the epidemiology of the condition on a global scale. Each case also features relevant pictures, radiographs and tables that act as useful visual aids. All in all, this is an excellent book to use at any stage in medical training, and its surprising breadth and depth within so few pages makes it worth the buy.
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