History Taking for Medical Finals

Joshua Michaels

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Format: Paperback

Publication date: February 22, 2018

Pages: 166 pages

ISBN: 9781911510222 Related titles: ,


History Taking for Medical Finals provides a succinct review of how to take a history to the standard expected of a final year medical student.

The purpose of the clinical history, specifically during a clinical exam, which is a high pressure and intense situation, is to provide the examiner with an insight into your thought process. This book shows you how to achieve this by showing you how to ask the right questions, demonstrating you are SAFE and competent.

History Taking for Medical Finals uses a standard structure and a set number of questions for each presenting complaint to act as an absolute failsafe. The book uses a repetitive and consistent structure to reinforce the key techniques of history taking. Each scenario covers all the necessary aspects of the history for each presenting complaint and all the red flags are highlighted.

The core material is enhanced with full colour Technique Alert and Hint Alert boxes which provide essential tips to make your history taking even more polished and professional.

1 Psychiatry
1.1  Anxiety
1.2  Depression
1.3  Mania
1.4  Psychosis

2 Musculoskeletal
2.1  Arthritis
2.2  Back pain
2.3  Head trauma

3 Oncology
3.1  Breast cancer
3.2  Haematological cancer

4 Respiratory
4.1  Shortness of breath
4.2  Cough

5 Cardiovascular
5.1  Chest pain (acute)
5.2  Chest pain (chronic)
5.3  Peripheral vascular disease
5.4  Valvular history
5.5  Arrhythmias

6 Neurology
6.1  Headache
6.2  Vertigo
6.3  Weakness
6.4  Neuropathy
6.5  Epilepsy
6.6  Parkinson’s disease
6.7  Eyes

7 Gastrointestinal
7.1  Liver
7.2  GI bleed
7.3  Abdominal pain
7.4  Change in bowel habit
7.5  Dysphagia

8 Women’s health
8.1  Infertility
8.2  Pregnancy
8.3  PV bleed
8.4  Pelvic pain
8.5  Amenorrhoea

9 Endocrine
9.1  Thyroid
9.2  Diabetes

10 Urology/renal
10.1 Urology
10.2 Renal history
10.3 Example renal consultation

11 Paediatric
11.1 General paediatric protocol

Five-star reviews:

Very valuable resource! "A brilliant guide to have, very simple and succinct. All relevant information is summarised really well and helps greatly in perfecting the difficult art of successful History taking. Has helped me improve enormously in my clinical histories a very valuable resource, and for me a must have!" Amazon reviewer

Brilliant buy! "Bought this for my friend who was struggling with her finals, she was so greatful and said it helped so so much! Highly recommend and my friend passed everything!:)" Amazon reviewer

Medical finals "Used for medical finals: useful cases that covered all of my finals OSCEs.
Would recommend to all levels of medical students." Amazon reviewer

Highly recommmend!
"Great book! Really useful for all stages of medical school history taking! Would recommend!!" Amazon reviewer

Great buy "Bought this book for my granddaughter. She thinks it's great !!!!" Amazon reviewer

Buy it! "5 Stars really helped with the revision!" Amazon reviewer

Only book needed for history taking! "All round great revision book" Amazon reviewer

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