Macleod's Clinical Diagnosis
2013 BMA Medical Book Awards Highly Commended in Medicine!
Macleod’s Clinical Diagnosis is an innovative new book complementing its companion sister textbook, the internationally-respected Macleod’s Clinical Examination. It is a practical manual of clinical assessment that describes how common presenting problems are evaluated and diagnosed in modern clinical practice. This book will be an invaluable resource for senior medical students and junior doctors as they attempt to make the difficult transition from mastering basic clinical skills to assessing patients in the real world of clinical medicine.
The format of the book is as follows:
- Part 1: The principles of clinical assessment: in addition to defining the scope and remit of the book this initial group of chapters invites readers to reconsider the overall aims of clinical assessment, the contribution that each element of the assessment can make to these aims and how the approach must be adapted to fit the clinical context. It also touches on diagnostic theory and explains some different approaches to diagnosis.
- Part 2: How to assess common presenting problems: this section forms the core of the book and consists of a series of ‘diagnostic guides’ covering the major presenting problems in medicine and surgery; these provide the reader with a system for how to use the tools of history-taking, physical examination and routine tests to arrive at a logical differential diagnosis. The guides also cover some limited ‘post-diagnosis information’ in the form of severity/prognostic indicators.
- A unique book allowing a reader to apply the skills of clinical examination in the formulation of a differential diagnosis and placing a patient’s symptoms in context.
- Takes a problem-based approach to diagnostic reasoning, reflecting both modern medical and current educational practices.
- Builds on the clinical skills outlined in the companion Macleod’s Clinical Examination textbook.
Highly Commended in the 2013 BMA Medical Book Awards:
"It is well-illustrated with relevant information. The emphasis on recapitulating skills comes across very well and this will be a very useful companion to medical students and junior doctors. It contains detailed coverage of how to assess major clinical presentations: text boxes and figures are very practical and easy-to-read quickly. It draws on various resources, largely clinical skills of assessment of symptoms. This makes the material accurate and objective. It is crisp and quick to read with useful information in text boxes. It has basic to advanced information on clinical assessment, which is very useful for all doctors in training. This is a very useful companion to enhance and maintain skill assessment."
Edited by Alan Japp, MBChB(Hons), BSc(Hons), MRCP, Clinical Research Fellow, Department of Cardiovascular Research, University of Edinburgh, UK and Colin Robertson, BA(Hons) MBChB FRCP(Ed) FRCS(Ed) FSAScot, Professor of Accident and Emergency Medicine, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK