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5.0 out of 5 stars Great introduction to the physical exam.
I think it is the best "first text" on the physical exam out there. The pros to choosing this book over the others are:

1. Targeted specifically to medical students: This book takes nothing for granted and starts with the basics. From principles of a good interview to minutia of the physical exam such as proper draping of a patient, this book covers everything...
Published on July 2, 2010 by J. Greene

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3.0 out of 5 stars Physical Diagnosis
Good information, lots of info on diagnosis you don't see every day. This one is a keeper. Great pictures and diagrams
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great introduction to the physical exam., July 2, 2010
This review is from: Textbook of Physical Diagnosis with DVD: History and Examination With STUDENT CONSULT Online Access (Hardcover)
I think it is the best "first text" on the physical exam out there. The pros to choosing this book over the others are:

1. Targeted specifically to medical students: This book takes nothing for granted and starts with the basics. From principles of a good interview to minutia of the physical exam such as proper draping of a patient, this book covers everything a medical student needs to know for acing Step 2 CS.
2. Organization: Each chapter covers basic anatomy relevant to the physical exam, common signs and symptoms a patient may present with, a step-by-step approach to the physical exam, and clinicopathologic correlations. Each chapter also closes with sample write-ups for that particular part of the exam to give you an idea how to put such information in your note.
3. For the common symptoms, a list of questions are presented that are helpful in gathering more information from the patient's chief complaint. Knowing these is essential for the real-world as well as Step 2 CS. Edit: The Patient History: Evidence-Based Approach (Lange Medical Books) is an outstanding book that goes into much more detail in this area that I would recommend you at least check out from your library.
4. Pictures: each chapter has tons of pictures, most in full color. The pictures illustrate anatomy, follow the step-by-step physical exam, and demonstrate TONS of pathology. There are probably 1000 or more high-quality pictures and they are certainly the highlight of the book. No other book that I am aware of has such great pictures.
5. Videos of Dr. Swartz demonstrating the complete physical exam: Not everything is shown as another reviewer mentioned, but the basics are.
6. Chapters, as well as videos, that deal with specific patient populations such as the elderly, children, and the pregnant patient.

The book, however, is only an introduction and focuses more on the "how" than the "why." After mastering this book, if you are interested in more information on physical diagnosis, you could try DeGowin's Diagnostic Examination, Ninth Edition, Physical Diagnosis Secrets: With STUDENT CONSULT Online Access, or Sapira's Art and Science of Bedside Diagnosis. Each of these have their own strengths and weaknesses but they are all excellent and I would recommend you read the reviews or look at them yourself before you buy them.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The BEST Book on physical diagnosis, December 5, 2009
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I bought this book as a part of my USMLE STEP 2 CS preparation and i found it essential. DVD which accompanies this book is well prepared, but some aspects of physical exam are not covered, such as Brudzinski and kernig sign, and some others, but any way these minor drawbacks can't this book worse! Simply the best book in this field (i have a lot of them to compare)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent resource, January 30, 2014
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I was fortunate to learn from Dr. Swartz when I was a medical student, and this book is the best gift for new medical students. It is mandatory reading for the young doctors studying with me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars As Advertised, January 8, 2014
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This book arrived before time in excellent condition. This book is well written and the cd is a great bonus.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Physical Diagnosis, December 27, 2013
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Good information, lots of info on diagnosis you don't see every day. This one is a keeper. Great pictures and diagrams
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great resource for nurse NP, PA, and medical students, November 19, 2013
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This is a very good book to have if you really want to develop top notch assessment skills. You will find a lot of stuff in here that many doctors and nurse practitioners don't do anymore---not because the skills are obsolete but because they don't have time to do detailed head to to assessments on every patient anymore. But its still good to know how. The pictures and videos are more than worth the price of the book.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Watch what you order., October 30, 2013
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The dvd of assessment s that went with the book was terribly scratched and therefore could not be used. Very disappointed. Should check these things out before allowing book to be rented. Students usually need all that is supplied with book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Love it!, September 26, 2013
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The print is a bit small, but overall it's very comprehensive and the video's are an excellent addition to help review and learn the basics of physical exams.
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5.0 out of 5 stars As an IMG, I think this book is great!, June 16, 2013
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Together, the text and the accompanying DVD make a very informative review of basic clinical techniques "à l'américain". By reading this book, both foreign national and American IMGs can appreciate clinical and cultural differences when dealing with American patients and colleagues. For older IMGs like myself, this is a good review of what we learned many years ago. I highly recommend it for all physicians and physicians-to-be.
Although there were problems with the DVD on my Sony BlueRay DVD Player (some parts wouldn't play correctly), it worked perfectly on my late 2010 Macbook Pro Integrated DVD player.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Rental!, June 7, 2013
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I rented this textbook for mini term semester and it was in excellent condition. It is very user friendly and has excellent illustrations.
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