Case-Based Discussions in Medicine, updated edition

Paul McNamara

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Format: Paperback

Publication date: February 16, 2022

Pages: 236 pages

ISBN: 9781911510765 Related titles:


Case-based learning is a fundamental part of teaching at medical school because it links theory to practice. Case-Based Discussions in Medicine is designed to help prepare students for clinical practice by working through authentic cases. This updated edition has been revised to reflect recent changes in guidelines.

All cases are presented in a consistent style, and cover:

  • history of presenting complaint
  • examination and interpretation
  • differential diagnoses
  • investigations
  • diagnosis and management

Each case concludes with background information covering the pathophysiology, diagnostic criteria and clinical guidelines.

The book is a study companion for medical students and foundation doctors and will help you:

  • become proficient at writing up a patient’s history and examination findings
  • improve your clinical decision-making and patient management
  • build your clinical knowledge

From back pain and breathlessness to post-partum psychosis, via abdominal pain and jaundice, placenta praevia, and alcoholic liver disease, the book guides you through common cases in medicine, surgery, obstetrics and gynaecology, paediatrics and psychiatry.

Chapter 1. Medicine
Case 1: Progressive dyspnoea
Case 2: Wheeze
Case 3: Chest pain
Case 4: Dyspnoea and confusion
Case 5: Back pain and breathlessness
Case 6: Headache
Case 7: Alcoholic liver disease
Case 8: Thirst and fatigue
Case 9: Deteriorating vision

Chapter 2. Surgery
Case 10: Abdominal pain
Case 11: Bowel cancer
Case 12: Acute loin pain and haematuria
Case 13: Left iliac fossa pain
Case 14: Abdominal pain and jaundice
Case 15: Necrotic foot
Case 16: Haematuria
Case 17: Bilious vomiting
Case 18: Crohn’s disease: abdominal pain and vomiting

Chapter 3. Obstetrics, gynaecology and paediatrics
Case 19: Abdominal swelling and weight loss
Case 20: Placenta praevia
Case 21: PV bleeding in early pregnancy
Case 22: Abdominal pain and PV bleeding
Case 23: Prolonged paediatric jaundice

Chapter 4. Psychiatry
Case 24: Mania
Case 25: Post-partum psychosis
Case 26: Schizophrenia
Case 27: Alcohol detoxification

Helped me pass my exams!

'Really grateful that I found this textbook as it definitely helped me not only pass my exams but do well in them. I was really struggling with the volume of material taught in 3rd year and was struggling to understand the material enough to answer longer questions such as MEQs. This book has a great range of cases and I found that it helped me answer MEQs correctly and concisely.' Amazon reviewer

A must read for medical students

'This book is easy to read and very comprehensive. I liked that it was based upon real people and their conditions. Very helpful, a must for medical students.' Amazon reviewer

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