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Clinical Examination : A Systematic Guide to Physical Diagnosis: 7th edition, 2013  - Professor Nicholas J. Talley

Clinical Examination

A Systematic Guide to Physical Diagnosis: 7th edition, 2013


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A bestselling title for over 25 years, the updated seventh edition of Talley and O'Connor's Clinical Examination is an essential read for all student clinicians.

Fully updated with the latest clinical data, including specially commissioned research, this new edition of Clinical Examination addresses the core principles and clinical skills that underpin diagnosis for safe, effective medical practice.

Clinical Examination: A systematic guide to physical diagnosis, 7th edition breaks down each body system into a logical framework focusing on the history, clinical examination and correlation between physical signs and disease for each system. Helping students navigate from first impressions though to the end of consultation, the text provides a patient-centric, evidence-based approach, making it the definitive resource for anyone embarking upon a medical career.

Key Features:

Building on the strengths of previous editions, Clinical Examination 7th edition, also includes via Student Consult:

  • Chapters have been extended into sections, with each section covering a body system, including chapters on history, clinical examination and correlation of physical signs and disease.
  • OSCE based scenario videos to assist with examination preparation
  • ECG case studies
  • Imaging library (X-Rays, MRIs and CT Scans)
Please note Student Consult access is only available with purchase of a print copy.

About the Author

By Nicholas J. Talley, MB BS. (Hons.) (NSW), M.MedSc. (Clin Epi.) (Newc.), M.D. (NSW), Ph.D. (Syd.), FRACP, FAFPHM, FRCP (Lond.), FRCP (Edin.), FACP, FACG, AGAF , Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean (Health and Medicine), and Professor, University of Newcastle, Callaghan, NSW, Australia; Senior Staff Specialist, John Hunter Hospital, Newcastle. Australia; Adjunct Professor of Medicine, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, USA; Adjunct Professor of Medicine, University of North Carolina, USA; Foreign Guest Professor, Karolinska Institute, Sweden; President-Elect, Royal Australasian College of Physicians and Simon O’Connor, FRACP DDU FCSANZ , Cardiologist, Canberra Hospital; Clinical Senior Lecturer, Australian National University Medical School, Canberra, ACT, Australia



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    Excellent reference text for medical students on clinical examination, with a focus on practicing in the Australian cultural context. Very well written, and the occasional witty commentary to illustrate the mistakes a novice can make with clinical practice.

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    Section 1 The general principles of history-taking and examination

    Chapter 1 The general principles of history-taking

    Chapter 2 Advanced history -aking

    Chapter 3 The general principles of physical examination

    Section 2 The cardiovascular system

    Chapter 4 The cardiovascular history

    Chapter 5 The cardiac examination

    Chapter 6 The lower limb examination and peripheral vascular disease

    Chapter 7 Correlation of physical signs and cardiovascular disease

    Chapter 8 A summary of the cardiovascular examination and extending the cardiovascular examination

    Section 3 The respiratory system

    Chapter 9 The respiratory history

    Chapter 10 The respiratory examination

    Chapter 11 Correlation of physical signs and respiratory disease

    Chapter 12 A summary of the respiratory examination and extending the respiratory examination

    Section 4 The gastrointestinal system

    Chapter 13 The gastrointestinal history

    Chapter 14 The gastrointestinal examination

    Chapter 15 Correlation of physical signs and gastrointestinal disease

    Chapter 16 A summary of the gastrointestinal examination and extending the gastrointestinal examination

    Section 5 The genitourinary system

    Chapter 17 The genitourinary history

    Chapter 18 The genitourinary examination

    Chapter 19 The genitourinary tests and scans, summary of the renal examination

    Section 6 The haematological system

    Chapter 20 The haematological history

    Chapter 21 The haematological examination

    Chapter 22 A summary of the haematological examination and extending the haematological examination

    Section 7 The rheumatological system

    Chapter 23 The rheumatological history

    Chapter 24 The rheumatological examination

    Chapter 25 Correlation of physical signs and rheumatological disease

    Chapter 26 A summary of the rheumatological examination and extending the rheumatological examination

    Section 8 The endocrine system

    Chapter 27 The endocrine history

    Chapter 28 The endocrine examination

    Chapter 29 Correlation of physical signs and endocrine disease

    Chapter 30 A summary of the endocrine examination and extending the endocrine examination

    Section 9 The nervous system

    Chapter 31 The neurological history

    Chapter 32 The neurological examination: the cranial nerves

    Chapter 33 The neurological examination: speech and higher centres

    Chapter 34 The neurological examination: the peripheral nervous system

    Chapter 35 Correlation of physical signs and neurological syndromes and disease

    Chapter 36 A summary of the neurological examination and extending the neurological examination

    Chapter 37 The psychiatric history and mental health examination

    Section 10 Specialty examinations

    Chapter 38 The eyes, ears, nose and throat

    Chapter 39 The breasts

    Chapter 40 The skin, nails and lumps

    Chapter 41 A system for the infectious diseases examination

    Chapter 42 Assessment of the geriatric patient

    Chapter 43 The acutely ill patient

    Chapter 44 Assessment of death

    Appendix I Writing and presenting the history and physical examination

    Appendix II A suggested method for a rapid screening physical examination

    Appendix III The pre-anaesthetic medical examination (PAME)


    ISBN: 9780729541473
    ISBN-10: 0729541479
    Audience: Professional
    Format: Paperback
    Language: English
    Number Of Pages: 624
    Published: 30th August 2013
    Publisher: Elsevier Australia
    Country of Publication: AU
    Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 26.0  x 3.1
    Weight (kg): 1.68
    Edition Number: 7
    Edition Type: Revised