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Bates' Guide to Physical Examination and History-Taking
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49 of 51 people found the following review helpful
on August 10, 2013
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My opinion is solely on the Kindle version of this text and has nothing to do with the actual content of the book. I am an avid reader. I made the change to e-readers back when the first generation b&w Kindle came on the scene. It was a difficult transition then but all these years later, I do 95% of my reading on some type of electronic device. I only purchase "real" books when the electronic version of the text is not available. I was really excited to find out that this book, required for one of my MSN classes, was available as an e-text. It meant that I could study on the go and not worry about lugging around a big text. Well.... I am less than satisfied with the quality of this e-text for the following reasons. (1)Illustrations crucial to identifying important landmarks and disorders are frequently mislabeled. I noticed when the font is changed the subheading switch around to different pictures. (2)There are no references to the actual page numbers in the book, so if you are assigned certain pages to read or if your instructor references a "real" page number, you have no clue where to go. (3) It did not come with an access code for the online content. I had to go back and forth with the publishers to get an access code for the coveted online material which leads to (4) The only complaint about the actual content of this text is that they reference the online material as though it is really helpful but there are no case scenarios or practice test that would be really helpful to prepare for exams. (5) the e-text utilizes way too may links as apposed to just including the information/ text close to the illustrations.

I don't usually write reviews but I really had to write this one in hopes of saving some people the trouble I'm having right now. If you need this text DO NOT GET THE E-BOOK.
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48 of 51 people found the following review helpful
on March 9, 2013
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I've had the 10th edition previously, which was the dark green book with the interactive CD to supplement some materials in the reading. Now I have the 11th edition, which doesn't have the CD but you have to access it online. I prefer the CD where you can take it anywhere and play heart sounds, etc. One noticeable difference, of course, is the updated look and color scheme used throughout the book - less blues/greens and more orange/yellow theme. At first I didn't like the new look, but after awhile it was actually better overall. Cover has a more smooth glossy metallic appearance than the 10th edition, which had a flat dark-green rough leatherlike feel. The pages are more glossy and thinner compared to the 10th edition, and feels more "magazine-like". The gloss may hurt reader's eyes with light hitting it and reflecting off. There are new updates here and there but they are very minor. They've added more red headings (examples of abnormalities) on the side and changed words around a bit just to make the feel of "updated". However, many errors are found throughout the book that are still present from the previous edition such as extra spaces and double words to name a few.

If your school require you to have the new 11th edition since everything taught is word for word, then get this edition. If not, you can use the tenth edition instead. Please note if you do get the older tenth edition, the pages do not match perfectly to the 11th editition in case you have specific assigned readings page to page. Some sections in the book are switched around also. Overall, the 11th edition is an update to a well-known and widely-read book for anyone in the medical field, but it feels a little unnecessary to update within a few years with minor things just to cash in more money. Even the mistakes don't make up for it.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
on September 6, 2013
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DO NOT BUY THIS - ABSOLUTELY WORTHLESS AS A KINDLE EDITION, ESPECIALLY IF YOU ARE A STUDENT WITH ASSIGNED READINGS. There are no page numbers, it is difficult to flip through, and the word layout on the page are not the exact same when you flip back to it. The format gets off and some words will be on one page at a certain time then you flip awhile and go back to that original page and some of the words may be on the next page. Tables are not well displayed either. You have to click on a link to access them. I'M HAVING TO RE-BUY THIS BOOK AS A HARDCOPY so now I'll have paid for this book TWICE because I can't return it anymore {only 7 day return policy}. I was trying to figure out a way to just deal with the problems and it just does not work. I also bought the book before my semester started so there was no way to know that it wasn't going to work. Clearly, I DO NOT RECOMMEND THIS KINDLE EDITION of the book
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on February 10, 2013
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A textbook so widely used and recognized should strive for a higher quality of text rather than a new edition every couple of years just to make more money. It's a good book of course, but there are a lot of typos. And that's only in the first few chapters which I have gone over so far.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on September 25, 2013
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I am at a huge disadvantage with this e-book. The pictures are tiny and hard to blow up. There are no page numbers and the text constantly references page numbers. There are typos, grammar errors, missing sentences, duplicated sentences and twice there have been whole sections where the picture does not match the caption at all. Terribly edited and I want my money back.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on May 31, 2013
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I really wish that my instructor was using a different book. I hate this book.
There are many reasons I do not recommend this book:
1)The book has abnormal findings (pathologic examples) written in red in the margins, which is very distracting. I would prefer it just be included in the text.
2)There are 10+ large tables of information that they put in the back of each chapter. This information should be included in the chapter instead of making references to these tables (which take up 1-2 pages each)and making the reader flip back and forth between the tables and the chapter text. For example, they discuss how to examine the chest cavity, and make reference to abnormal findings in a table in the back of the chapter. This table includes barrel chest, etc. Why not just include it in the text?
3) Book boasts about online resources available for the student, which in my opinion are minimal and do not include any study guides/aids.
These online resources include:
-Assessment videos (which are actually good, the e-book (I already have the actual book, so this is useless to me),
-Journal articles (As a student, I am concerned with learning the book content. I don't need journal articles that are somewhat related, but won't be included on the tests)
- An image bank, of all the images in the book (again, why do I need this? I have the book)

What the online resources do NOT include is:
Powerpoints, flash cards, study/test questions, any interactive study aids.

4) Book does not contain any study guides. No study guide is available from the publisher.

Good things about the book: Good pictures, good charts.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on March 31, 2014
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No study guides/aids REALLY? and full of huge errors......................REALLY? For example, page 762......decorticate and decerebrate figures are reversed beware of this error. I'm sure the company is aware of ALL the errors......instead it's ALL about money!!!! I paid good money for accurate information...............not typo's and errors or useless online pictures.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on May 28, 2013
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I used this in my graduate health assessment course. It had detailed chapters, provided anatomy information, ROS, health promotion points, and my favorite was the end of chapter lists/tables/pictures to further describe the concepts. Divided by systems.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on December 30, 2013
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I am required to use this textbook for my medical school class and I have found it very helpful for a variety of reasons. The textbook can be very word heavy but what I have found very useful is the yellow tables that are located in each and every chapter. The tables are a quick and concise summary of the tests, exams, and physical characteristics of symptoms and diseases that are discussed in the chapter. I have found them to be more helpful than searching through the text to find when and why to do a specific test and what that test means. Additionally, the tables include pictures and illustrations so that you can visualize what is being said.

That being said, and while I have mentioned it before the rest of the book can be very word heavy and can seem overwhelming but as long as one references to the tables the material is much more manageable.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on February 22, 2014
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The content of the textbook is not an issue. The physical textbook is the problem. In less than a month of gentle use, this book is falling apart.The spine has detached completely from the pages. After contacting the seller, I was offered a 20% discount on the book price. I will not be purchasing another book. If you do require this textbook, maybe buy some hot glue and packing tape at the same time so you can keep the book together.
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