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Textbook of Physical Diagnosis with DVD, 6th Edition

History and Examination With STUDENT CONSULT Online Access


Despite the advanced technologies at our disposal today, a complete health history and physical examination remain the most crucial diagnostic tools in any healthcare practitioner's arsenal. And no one teaches these all-important skills better than Mark H. Swartz, MD, FACP. For nearly two decades, Dr. Swartz's textbook has shown readers how to derive the maximum diagnostic information from interviewing and examining patients. Using a compassionate, humanistic approach, Dr. Swartz explores how cultural differences can influence communication, diet, family relationships, and health practices and beliefs, and demonstrates that your interpersonal awareness is just as essential in physical diagnosis as your level of technical skill. In this 6th Edition, a new chapter on the focused physical exam prepares you for the USMLE Step 2 CS and the OSCE. Over 3 hours of video on DVD demonstrate how to examine adult male and female patients as well as pediatric and geriatric patients. Plus you can access the complete contents of the book online at

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New to This Edition

    • Over 3 hours of video on DVD demonstrate the complete physical exam of an adult male patient, the breast and pelvic exam of an adult female patient, and the examination of pediatric and geriatric patients.
    • Student Consult access lets you reference the complete contents of the book online, anywhere you go ... perform quick searches ... and add your own notes and bookmarks.
    • A new chapter on the focused physical exam prepares you for the USMLE Step 2 CS and OSCEs.

Key Features

    • Discussions of special considerations emphasize cultural differences that may affect your approach to patients ... guide you through assessment of nutritional status ... and inform you of things to look for and remember when examining children, pregnant women, older patients, and acutely ill patients.
    • Pathophysiology explanations help you understand the causes of the symptoms you encounter.
    • Abundant color photographs capture the real appearance of various diseases.
    • Coverage of complementary and alternative medicine alerts you to the clinical implications of these increasingly popular modalities.
    • An appendix on examination of the Spanish-speaking patient provides translations for commonly used medical phrases and questions is available on

Published Reviews

    "This is an outstanding introductory text for anyone beginning to learn how to conduct a patient interview and perform a physical diagnosis. While there have been numerous books on this topic, and some that have been available for generations, this clearly is one of the very best currently available.

    With a limited budget, this is the one book that is worth the price, considering the companion website with the added illustrations. It is an absolute must for every medical library and a tremendous addition for the experienced clinician. Weighted Numerical Score: 100 - 5 Stars!" - Doody's Reviews

    "If, as it has been said, a picture is worth a thousand words, this text is worth at least a quarter of a million."

    - JAMA, September 2009

    Reviewed by Linda Pinsky, MD

    University of Washington

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Author Information

    By Mark H. Swartz, MD, FACP, Professor of Medicine, State University of New York (SUNY), Downstate College of Medicine, Brooklyn, NY; Director, C3NY (Clinical Competence Center of New York); Dean of Medical Education, New York College of Podiatric Medicine, New York, NY

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Textbook of Physical Diagnosis with DVD, 6th Edition
  • Hardcover
  • 928 Pages
  • Trim Size: 8 1/2 X 10 7/8 in
  • Imprint: Saunders
  • ISBN: 978-1-4160-6203-5
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  • Copyright: 2010