Mosby's Guide to Physical Examination is a comprehensive textbook of physical examination, history-taking, and health assessment with a unique emphasis on differential diagnosis and variations across the lifespan. The book conveys a uniquely compassionate, patient-centered approach to physical examination with a strong evidence-based foundation.
• Clinical Pearls boxes give brief clinical insights with expert tips on techniques, findings, and patient teaching.
• Mnemonic boxes deliver engaging auditory, visual, and other memory cues to help you remember series of assessment or exam steps.
• Physical Variations boxes detail multicultural considerations for assessing patients from diverse ethnic and cultural groups.
• Staying Well boxes describe holistic approaches to health promotion and patient teaching.
• Risk Factors boxes highlight modifiable and nonmodifiable risk factors for a variety of conditions.
• Differential Diagnosis boxes give comparisons of expected findings for similar conditions and explain how disease presentations vary.
• Physical Examination boxes provide current data on the most effective techniques for delivering quality patient care.
• Functional Assessment boxes focus on the patient’s functional abilities and present a holistic approach to patient care.
• Downloadable text and PDA summaries allow for quick review of the key steps in each system exam.
• Dynamic learning exercises on the companion website test your knowledge and provide instant feedback on your progress.
• Updates throughout reflect the latest research findings and evidence-based practice for techniques, normal and abnormal findings, genetics, and assessment.
• 60 video clips demonstrate exam techniques for each system and are downloadable for use on Video iPod devices.
• 25 new anatomy and physiology animations provide narrated explanations of processes beneath the skin.
• New audio chapter summaries, downloadable for use on MP3 players, offer a convenient way to review key content on the go.
• New 3-column tables featuring Pathophysiology, Subjective Data, and Objective Data provide an illustrated reference that allows for quick and accurate comparisons.
• 75 new illustrations and dozens of new photos of normal and abnormal findings help to clarify anatomic concepts and exam techniques.
This is a comprehensive textbook designed to help the beginning practitioner conduct thorough physical examinations. A balance of body system compartmentalization with a holistic approach to the patient's needs is provided. This edition is updated from the last version published in 1995. The purpose is to offer guidance to the beginning practitioner in the areas of history taking and physical examination. The authors emphasizes the relationship between the practitioner and the patient, stressing that each patient is unique. Given the changes associated with today's healthcare reform, focusing on the patient rather than on the condition is an extremely worthy objective. This book is written for the entry-level practitioner in all healthcare specialties. Each chapter includes approaches and techniques relevant to infants, children, adolescents, older adults, and pregnant women where applicable. The book is authored by physicians and doctorally-prepared registered nurses. The authors begin with the importance of establishing a rapport with the patient and discuss the need to understand cultural diversity as well as incorporate it into the history-taking process. Each chapter includes a review of anatomy and physiology, followed by pertinent health history considerations as well as common abnormalities associated with that body system. Guidelines for putting all the pieces of physical assessment together are provided and the authors challenge the reader to incorporate critical thinking principles into the process. The color photographs and the CD-ROM aid understanding. This is a well-written book full of the information necessary to begin the physical examination process. At times,the authors' attempts to incorporate all stages of the life cycle become a bit overwhelming, making it difficult to focus on the broader examination process. In this edition they incorporate issues facing patients and healthcare practitioners today.