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Churchill's Pocketbook of Differential Diagnosis, 3rd Edition


Being able to make a correct diagnosis is one of the key aspects of every medical student's and junior doctor's clinical training. Problem-based learning is increasingly being used to focus on the causes behind the presentation of a clinical feature. The Third Edition of this best-selling book is packed full of information to help the reader move from a presenting problem to an accurate diagnosis.

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New to This Edition

    • Now printed in colour throughout, with the relative frequency of the various conditions illustrated by colour coding, indicating common, occasional or rare causes. Important geographical variations are also highlighted
    • Seven new chapters including rashes, thirst, and tiredness
    • Two new sections on the differential diagnosis of biochemical and haematological disorders provide a ready check when reviewing abnormal results
    • Each chapter ends with a key points section to highlight major aspects of the diagnosis
    • An enlarged author team represents both medicine and surgery

Key Features

    • Covers 126 common presenting problems in both medicine and surgery in a consistent format
    • Each topic includes a list of all common causes of the condition
    • Key features of the various permutations are clearly discussed
    • Includes a targeted guide to the relevant general and specific follow-up investigations which should be carried out as appropriate

Author Information

    By Andrew T. Raftery, BSc, MD, FRCS(Eng), FRCS(Ed), Formerly Consultant Surgeon, Sheffield Kidney Institute, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Northern General Hospital, Sheffield; Member (formerly Chairman), Court of Examiners, Royal College of Surgeons of England; Formerly Member of Panel of Examiners, Intercollegiate Speciality Board in General Surgery; Formerly Member of Council, Royal College of Surgeons of England; Formerly Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer in Surgery, University of Sheffield, UK.; Eric Kian Saik Lim, MB, ChB, MSc, MD, FRCS(C-Th), Consultant Thoracic Surgeon, Royal Brompton Hospital, London; Senior Lecturer in Thoracic Surgery, National Heart and Lung Institute, Imperial College School of Medicine, London, UK and Andrew J K Ostor, MB BS FRACP, Consultant Rheumatologist & Associate Lecturer, School of Clinical Medicine; Director, Rheumatology Clinical Research Unit,University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK

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