"...[Essential Examination] can be considered as a very helpful aide-memoire as
practitioners build up their confidence and clinical experience. Although
developed with medics in mind, it could be very useful for advanced nurse
practitioners and physician assistants; in fact, any health care professional
would find it useful as a revision aid particularly when learning with peers.
The book is clearly and succinctly written. It is not
designed to teach students how to carry out examinations, but in a systematic
way it links clinical examination (what you do) to pathophysiology and
diagnosis (what you may find and what it means).
It is produced in a landscape format in a ring binder which
makes it easy to access when on a busy attachment or shift. It very helpfully
lists the abbreviations at the beginning..."
International Journal of Clinical Skills, www. ijocs. org
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!