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The Patient History: Evidence-Based Approach 2nd Edition 2012

The Patient History: Evidence-Based Approach 2nd Edition 2012


The Patient History: Evidence-Based Approach 2nd Edition 2012

The Patient History: Evidence-Based Approach 2nd Edition 2012

The definitive evidence-based introduction to patient history-taking





For medical students and other health professions students, an accurate differential diagnosis starts with The Patient History. The ideal companion to major textbooks on the physical examination, this trusted guide is widely acclaimed for its skill-building, and evidence based approach to the medical history.

Now in full color, The Patient History defines best practices for the patient interview, explaining how to effectively elicit information from the patient in order to generate an accurate differential diagnosis. The second edition features all-new chapters, case scenarios, and a wealth of diagnostic algorithms. Introductory chapters articulate the fundamental principles of medical interviewing. The book employs a rigorous evidenced-based approach, reviewing and highlighting relevant citations from the literature throughout each chapter.


  • NEW! Case scenarios introduce each chapter and place history-taking principles in clinical context
  • NEW! Self-assessment multiple choice Q&A conclude each chapter—an ideal review for students seeking to assess their retention of chapter material
  • NEW! Full-color presentation
  • Essential chapter on red eye, pruritus, and hair loss
  • Symptom-based chapters covering 59 common symptoms and clinical presentations
  • Diagnostic approach section after each chapter featuring color algorithms and several multiple-choice questions
  • Hundreds of practical, high-yield questions to guide the history, ranging from basic queries to those appropriate for more experienced clinicians


Editorial Reviews

From the Back Cover

Highlighting the medical history as the core art of patient care, this book provides the tools to achieve clinical excellence

• Explores the techniques of patient-centered and doctor-centered interviewing

• Presents the differential diagnosis, interview framework, alarm symptoms, focused questions with likelihood ratios, prognosis, and clinical pearls for each symptom

• Integrates historical data with the epidemiology, prevalence, and prognosis of the most common conditions

A comprehensive and inspiring introduction to the timeless art of history-taking, The Patient History presents the fundamental principles that guide this process and enable health care professionals to establish the differential diagnosis for a given symptom.



• Offers a patient-centered approach to the medical history by emphasizing symptoms rather than diseases

• Applies principles of evidence-based medicine to the clinical history

• Illustrates the history-taking process through the discussion of 60 common clinical symptoms, such as dizziness, weight loss, dyspnea, chest pain, nausea and vomiting, low back pain, memory loss, and anxiety

• Includes diagnostic approach algorithms to summarize important concepts

• Focuses on actual questions for use in daily practice

• Provides tips for effective interviewing


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About the Author

Mark Henderson, MD, Department of Internal Medicine, Administration, Unversity of California, Davis School of Medicine, Sacramento, CA

Lawrence M. Tierney, MD Professor of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco, Associate Chief of Medical Services, Veterans Affairs Medical Center

Kraytman, Maurice, M.D., University of Brussels, Belgium


Product details

  • File Size: 456442 KB
  • Print Length: 752 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education / Medical; 2 edition (July 6, 2012)
  • Publication Date: July 6, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 007180420X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071804202
  • ASIN: B0085W9HIQ




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