Mosby’s Guide to Physical Examination is a comprehensive textbook of physical examination, history-taking, and health assessment with a unique emphasis on differential diagnosis and variations across the lifespan. The book conveys a uniquely compassionate, patient-centered approach to physical examination with a strong evidence-based foundation.
- Clinical Pearls boxes give brief clinical insights with expert tips on techniques, findings, and patient teaching.
- Mnemonic boxes deliver engaging auditory, visual, and other memory cues to help you remember series of assessment or exam steps.
- Physical Variations boxes detail multicultural considerations for assessing patients from diverse ethnic and cultural groups.
- Staying Well boxes describe holistic approaches to health promotion and patient teaching.
- Risk Factors boxes highlight modifiable and nonmodifiable risk factors for a variety of conditions.
- Differential Diagnosis boxes give comparisons of expected findings for similar conditions and explain how disease presentations vary.
- Physical Examination boxes provide current data on the most effective techniques for delivering quality patient care.
- Functional Assessment boxes focus on the patient’s functional abilities and present a holistic approach to patient care.
- Downloadable text and PDA summaries allow for quick review of the key steps in each system exam.
- Dynamic learning exercises on the companion website test your knowledge and provide instant feedback on your progress.
- Updates throughout reflect the latest research findings and evidence-based practice for techniques, normal and abnormal findings, genetics, and assessment.
- 60 video clips demonstrate exam techniques for each system and are downloadable for use on Video iPod devices.
- 25 new anatomy and physiology animations provide narrated explanations of processes beneath the skin.
- New audio chapter summaries, downloadable for use on MP3 players, offer a convenient way to review key content on the go.
- New 3-column tables featuring Pathophysiology, Subjective Data, and Objective Data provide an illustrated reference that allows for quick and accurate comparisons.
- 75 new illustrations and dozens of new photos of normal and abnormal findings help to clarify anatomic concepts and exam techniques.
This is a wonderful textbook in many regards. The way the material is laid out makes it easy to assimilate new information because there is quite a bit of repetition. I particularly liked the first chapter in the way it crafted the organization scheme for the rest of the book and presented the patient history taking method very clearly. However, I find that there is an especially large number of typos in this book. When I read a textbook, I expect to find one or two outstanding, obvious typos. In Mosby’s Guide to Physical Examination I have found probably ten to twenty typos already and I am only as far as chapter 10.
There are probably one to two per chapter, which makes me wonder who was transcribing the book. Was this dictated by the authors and then transcribed by people who did not have a background in medicine? I think this is unhelpful for new students to the field because it causes confusion. For instance, in one case a basic rule for how to write bacteria names was not followed. In the same sentence both Streptococcus pyogenes and Staphylococcus aureus were referenced like this: “Streptococcus pyogenes and S. aureus”. This leads the student to the erroneous assumption that the second bacteria also belongs to the Streptococcus genus. Both of these names should have been fully written out, as this unnecessary and inappropriate shorthand leads to confusion. I also believe that due to the fact that the photographs make use of models instead of real doctors, some of the photos that demonstrate how to position your hands when conducting a physical examination are inaccurate. Some of them do not match up with what the description is showing. In just a couple of other examples the spelling of disorders was incorrect and the measurement of blood cell size was way off (mm instead of um). I would hope that in the next edition many of these typos and errors could be corrected.
This book is good… not great. It gives long lists of instructions about how to perform examinations, instead of breaking things down. It does have special sections on infants, children, pregnant women and the elderly. I am studying to be a Pediatric NP and this helped me focus on what parts of the assessment will really pertain to me.
Very good physical assessment book. Has a few misprints, but overall is a very good book. Easy to read and abnormalities section is very helpful.
This book contains great review about the human anatomy and some pathologies which are a great tool while I’m learning advance health assessment.
Product Details :
- Series: Mosby’s Guide to Physical Examination
- Hardcover: 912 pages
- Publisher: Mosby; 7 edition (March 18, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0323055702
- ISBN-13: 978-0323055703
- Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 8.6 x 10.9 inches