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good in parts, weak in others...
on 3 February 2011
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.