- Series: Bates Guide to Physical Examination and History Taking (Book 11)
- Hardcover: 1024 pages
- Publisher: LWW; Eleventh, North American edition (November 12, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1609137620
- ISBN-13: 978-1609137625
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 1.2 x 11 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.9 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 292 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #52,921 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Bates' Guide to Physical Examination and History-Taking - Eleventh Edition Eleventh, North American Edition
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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.
The "student resources" are a joke. They give students access to an image bank and the ebook.
That's some cutting edge stuff, wowzers.
Good luck trying to read the book for more than an hour or two at a time when the glare off of its glossy magazine pages blinds you.
For anyone hoping to apply information by taking mock systems exams or completing study questions, prepare to be disappointed.
Also, the image bank is pretty useless when you have to hunt around for them and download them piece by piece. I can see how it would help if you had to create your own powerpoint, but that's about it.
The only thing the ebook was good for was taking screen shots of tables & handouts (which is where all the really important info comes from for testing). I opened all the screenshots & printed them out to study/take notes on. I could pick and choose what was important & they printed out with better quality than I expected. And as a bonus, the normal computer paper didn't give me eye strain. Although it took some time to do this, it was more worth staring into a computer screen/shiny glaring paper.
I don't know. It's just like the people who made this book didn't consider the students. This is a book designed by someone used to doing things the old fashioned way of just plain old read and memorize. Reading and memorization is the first step. You have to be able to apply. This book is half-hearted. I get that people are going to get defensive over this review, but it's the truth.
If the authors/developers of this book & online content really gave a damn about helping create good HCPs, they would give us access to abridged notes/chapter.... Study questions to apply the material... The kind that go into detail about a patient's presentation & then ask you something pertinent for diagnosis (some conclusion you could only arrive at through understanding classic examples of diseases/disorders).
It would have instructional videos on how to perform an ABI & etc. It would include heart/lung sounds. It would include handouts on the tables in the back of each chapter or at the very least some kind of flashcards (would have been really useful for studying the skin diseases/disorders presented in the book). Instead, this book was designed in a cumbersome way that made things easier for the author/editor. Lots of flipping back and forth from back to front to know all the information r/t a disease/disorder/test/finding that is being discussed. The red notes in the margins of "abnormal findings" are inconsistent & incomplete. They are as much a distraction as a help. For me, it seemed like not enough attention was paid to what normal findings were.
You know what would be great as well?
If this came with a complete physical assessment charting normal findings for adult, pediatric, pregnant (at different stages) & geriatric. When I say "charted" I mean written out by system/worded in a way and order in which any physician would want/expect. Written in such a way that the reader not only knows you have assessed it and found it to be normal, but that makes sense & is concise. Then, abnormal findings would make a great deal more sense.
It would also be nice if "scenarios" were written out, so that students could organize pertinent info into HPIs. Because, let me tell you, I'm disorganized as hell and need that practice (as do many others--badly).
This book has so much potential.
I gave this book only 3 stars because I didn't find it very useful. I bought it as an assigned text for an Advanced Physical Assessment class in Nursing school. This book is not specific to nursing, and thus it wasn't the best resource. Sure it provides info about physical assessment, but in nursing documentation, you're rarely going to use this terminology. It's much more suited for medical students, PA's or NP's... anyone diagnosing. For nursing, it was much too specific and not descriptive enough.