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Bates' Guide to Physical Examination and History-Taking, 11th Edition

The 11th edition of the pre-eminent textbook on physical examination contains foundational content to guide students’ approaches to history taking, interviewing, and other core assessment skills, as well as fully illustrated, step-by-step techniques that outline correct performance of physical examination. The book features a vibrant full-color art program and an easy-to-follow two-column format with step-by-step examination techniques on the left and abnormalities with differential diagnoses on the right. The comprehensive, evidence-based content is intended for medical students, high-level nursing education and practice markets, as well as related health professions such as physician assistants.

New for this edition:
–Content has been fully revised and updated to reflect the most recent health care literature.
–More than 200 new and revised photographs and drawings have been added to better illustrate key points in the accompanying text.
–Design and layout has been revised to increase discoverability of core material and special assessment tips.
–Techniques of interviewing chapter has been reorganized to provide clearer insights into the skills of empathic listening.

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.

Great resource for school! Pictures and red letter tips have been very helpful. Really enjoying having an electronic copy because I have no heavy books to carry.

Bates keeps getting better. Carsten Evans, Ph.D., Coordinator of NSU Physical Assessment Institute Patient Care Management Institute. We wouldn’t use anyother text as Bates is the cornerstone reference for us.

This book is well laid out in each chapter. I felt like the written context was very good and the pictures were helpful. I also liked how the book broke down the physical assessment body system by body system and gave applicable examples.

Product Details :

  • Series: Bates Guide to Physical Examination and History Taking
  • Hardcover: 1024 pages
  • Publisher: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; Eleventh, North American Edition edition (November 12, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1609137620
  • ISBN-13: 978-1609137625
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 8.5 x 10.9 inches

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