Essential Examination

Price: $26.99

Scion Publishing


Other book format - 114pp

ISBN 9781904842842

Essential Examination

Step-by-step system-based guide to clinical examination with practical tips and key facts for OSCEs

Dr Alasdair K.B. Ruthven, MBChB (Hons) BSc (Hons)


Amazon review:
This is a fantastic book and a must for all medical students. The unique strength of this book is the layout - all important examinations each on a single page. The small pointers are also invaluable and the questions on the reverse side of each examination are perfect for pre-finals revision. This book played a big role in helping me pass my medical school finals. A MUST HAVE!!
Sam, final-year medical student

Uniquely, Essential Examination lays out the full sequence for examination of one body system on one double-page spread – a format allowing rapid access to information and ideal for use in clinical environments for quick revision. And the spiral binding allows you to keep it open at the body system you need.

Each system-based examination offers a clear, step-by-step guide to examining that particular patient, including useful things to say to the patient (or an examiner), detailed descriptions of special tests, etc. Alongside this guide is the other key information you will need: potential findings, differential diagnoses of clinical signs and practical tips. In addition, the following double-page spread provides further facts relating to that particular examination, selected because of the regularity with which they are asked about in bedside teaching and OSCEs. The book also provides essential background information for anyone preparing for the USMLE Step 2 CS.

In many sections there are also tips on how to present your findings succinctly to help you keep on track.
If you are examining patients on the wards, or preparing for exams, then you need Essential Examination!



1. Cardiovascular system
2. Heart murmurs
3. Respiratory system
4. Gastrointestinal system
5. Chronic renal failure / Renal transplant
6. Cranial nerves 1
7. Cranial nerves 2
8. Upper limb neurological system
9. Lower limb neurological system
10. Nerves of the hand
11. Extrapyramidal system / Tremor
12. Cerebellar function
13. Endocrine
14. Pregnant abdomen

15. Hands
16. Shoulder
17. Knee
18. Hip
19. Spine and gait
20. Groin hernia
21. Thyroid / Neck lump and thyroid status
22. Lower limb arterial system
23. Lower limb venous system
24. Intimate examinations
25. Lumps and skin lesions
26. Anterior abdominal wall

A. Lymph nodes of the head and neck
B. Key differential diagnoses