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Clinical Skills Explained

By Mohammed Akunjee, Nazmul Akunjee, Zeshaan Maan and Mina Ally

Paperback
Feb 2012 , 400 pp
ISBN 9781904842781
Price: £29.99, $52.99
eBook
Feb 2012 , 400 pp
ISBN 9781907904707
Price: £15.00, $20.00

HIGHLY COMMENDED IN THE BMA MEDICAL BOOK AWARDS 2013!

From reviews:

"With a philosophy that there is more to learning clinical skills than following checklists, this book offers students a clear, concise manual from which they can learn clinical skills and procedures in a systematic manner; whilst developing an understanding of not only what they need to do and why they need to do it, but also learn to apply key elements of theory to patient presentation and examination findings to generate differential diagnoses... This book will be extremely useful for students in the early stages of their training. By integrating clinical skills information with core basic scientific knowledge, it allows students to apply theory to practice as they develop essential clinical skills and basic problem solving skills."

International Journal of Clinical Skills, 2013

Clinical Skills Explained guides readers through all the clinical skills covered in the first three years of medical school. The book is written in a clear logical style and covers:
* history taking
* clinical examinations
* standard procedures.

Each chapter starts by providing a short step-by-step guide to what you need to do (the ideal aide-memoire) then describes the background knowledge and relevant pathophysiology before moving on to a systematic approach on how to tackle the skill at hand. At all stages the text is supported by clear full colour diagrams to reinforce understanding. The authors also provide quick reminder boxes covering:
* top tips
* medical guidelines
* differential diagnoses
* diagnostic indicators

To test your understanding, each chapter ends with a series of clinical scenarios that are typical of the cases you will come up against. These encourage you to assess the key features, consider the likely diagnosis, and decide what questions you might ask, or further investigations you might request, to confirm your diagnosis.

Preface
About the authors
Acknowledgement

HISTORY TAKING

Chest pain
History of palpitations
Shortness of breath
Cough
Abdominal pain
Nausea and vomiting
Dysphagia
Jaundice
Haematuria
Headache
Loss of consciousness
Loss of vision
Red eye
Hearing loss
Depression
Suicide risk assessment
Alcohol
Psychosis

EXAMINATION SKILLS

Cardiovascular examination
Respiratory examination
Abdomen examination
Inguinal scrotal examination
Rectal  examination
Cranial nerves examination
Upper limb motor system examination
Lower limb motor system  examination
Upper limb sensory system examination
Lower limb sensory system examination
Gait and coordination
Eye examination
Ear  examination
PVE: Arterial
PVE: venous
Examination of a lump 
Thyroid examination
Lymph nodes examination 

PROCEDURES 

Hand washing
Surgical scrubbing
Wound swabbing
Taking a blood pressure
Body mass index
Recording an ECG
Measuring blood glucose
Urine dip testing
Venepuncture
Blood cultures
Cannulation and IV infusion
Blood transfusion
Peak flow meter explanation
Inhaler explanation
Spacer device explanation
Setting up a nebulizer
Arterial blood gas sampling
Nasogastric intubation
Male catheterization

Answers to common clinical scenarios   

"This book will be extremely useful for students in the early stages of their training. By integrating clinical skills information with core basic scientific knowledge, it allows students to apply theory to practice as they develop essential clinical skills and basic problem solving skills." International Journal of Clinical Skills

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