Algorithms in Differential Diagnosis: How to Approach Common Presenting Complaints in Adult Patients, for Medical Students and Junior Doctors


This is a book for medical students and first-year doctors who wish to learn how to approach a patient's symptoms, and sharpen their skills of clinical reasoning and diagnosis.

Fifty-four presenting symptoms are discussed, covering approaches and conditions across various medical and surgical disciplines. Each chapter sets out the thought process behind history, examination, and investigations for a symptom, providing a systematic and practical algorithm to distinguish one differential from another. The reader will gain not only a functional approach to patients' presenting complaints, but also learn how to better organize and apply medical knowledge in diagnostic reasoning.

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Sample Chapter(s)
Chapter 1: Learning How to Diagnose

  • Introduction
  • Heart and Lungs
  • Gut and Abdomen
  • Kidneys and Urinary Tract
  • Brain, Nerves and Senses
  • Blood
  • Endocrine and General Physiological Disturbances
  • Skin and Subcutaneous Tissues
  • Joints and Muscles
  • Female Genital Tract

Readership: Medical students and first-year doctors.

ISBN: 9789813232921 (Hardcover), 9789811200557 (Softcover)
Cover Type: Hardcover, Softcover
Page Count: 500
Year Published: 2019
Language: English

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