’This book is aimed at medical students who will be undertaking OSCE’s and practical examinations as part of their course.’
Title: Essential examination. Step by step guides to clinical examination scenarios with practical tips and key facts for OSCE’s. 3rd Edition
Author: Alasdair K B Ruthven
Publisher: Scion Publishing Ltd
Reviewer: Helen Reeves
What was it like?
Essential examination is a step by step guide for health care professionals undertaking clinical examination of patients. It is a ring bound book with each system separated and also has useful spaces for making notes throughout.
What were the highlights?
The ring bound format of the essential examination book makes it easy to use and access information. Each section of the book provides helpful tips of what to say to a patient and provides a step to step guide for each system and how to examine. I found the space for notetaking particularly helpful and enabled me to highlight parts I wanted to explore further.
Strengths & weaknesses:
The layout of the book and its ring bound format makes it an easy to use book that could be used daily in clinical practice. It is slim in appearance but contains all the information necessary and also uses pictures as aids for undertaking examination which is extremely useful. The examinations are separated into what to examine for and the potential findings the examination may find. The book, however, does rely on the reader having a good understanding of the physiology and pathophysiology of the systems discussed so may not be useful to novices.
Who should read it?
This book is aimed at medical students who will be undertaking OSCE’s and practical examinations as part of their course. However, this book would be useful for any healthcare or allied professional undertaking a course in clinical examination. It is also a useful text to have for practitioners already undertaking physical examinations as a prompt.
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