Bates' Pocket Guide to Physical Examination and History by Lynn S. Bickley MD FACP

By Lynn S. Bickley MD FACP

This concise pocket-sized advisor provides the vintage Bates method of actual exam and historical past taking in a quick-reference define structure. It includes the entire severe info had to receive a clinically significant future health historical past and behavior an intensive physcial review. totally revised and up-to-date to mirror currennt future health care literature, the 7th variation can help well-being pros elicit suitable proof from the patient's historical past, evaluate exam tactics, spotlight universal findings, examine detailed review ideas, and sharpen interpretive skills.

The e-book encompasses a bright full-color artwork application and an easy-to-follow two-column layout with step by step exam concepts at the left and abnormalities with differential diagnoses at the right.

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Are phrases and short words used appropriately? Is there unnecessary repetition of data? Omit unnecessary words, such as those in parentheses in the examples below. This saves valuable time and space. Examples. ” Omit repetitive introductory phrases such as “The patient reports no …, ” because readers assume the patient is the source of the history unless otherwise specified. ” Describe what you observed, not what you did. “Optic discs seen” is less informative than “disc margins sharp,” even if it marks your first glimpse as an examiner!

FAMILY HISTORY Outline or diagram the age and health, or age and cause of death, of each immediate relative, including grandparents, parents, siblings, children, and grandchildren. Record the following conditions as either present or absent in the family: hypertension, coronary artery disease, elevated cholesterol levels, stroke, diabetes, thyroid or renal disease, cancer (specify type), arthritis, tuberculosis, asthma or lung disease, headache, seizure disorder, mental illness, suicide, alcohol or drug addiction, and allergies, as well as conditions that the patient reports.

Order is imperative. Make sure that future readers, including you, can find specific points of information easily. Keep the subjective items of the history, for example, in the history; do not let them stray into the physical examination. Did you … Make the headings clear? Accent your organization with indentations and spacing? Arrange the Present Illness in chronologic order, starting with the current episode, then filling in relevant background information? Do the data included contribute directly to the assessment?

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