Hutchison's Clinical Methods, first published more than a century ago, is the classic textbook on clinical skills. It provides an outstanding source of learning and reference for undergraduate medical students and postgraduate doctors. It seeks to teach an integrated approach to clinical practice, so that new methods and investigations are grafted onto established patterns of clinical practice, rather than added on as something extra. The text is organised so that both system-related and problem-oriented chapters are included. Particular emphasis is placed on the importance of the doctor-patient relationship, the essential skills needed for clinical examination, and for planning the appropriate choice of investigations in diagnosis and management. Hutchison's Clinical Methods is an invaluable resource for all those learning and training in medicine and is an essential adjunct to a standard textbook of medicine, surgery or other specialty.
Provides a comprehensive account of the traditional methods of patient history-taking and examination but updated with a full account of the role of modern investigative techniques. The book begins with a group of chapters that describe the overall approach to a patient, the general clinical examination together with ethical considerations, and includes a new chapter on differential diagnosis. The second section of chapters groups together the clinical methods relevant to particular patient groups such as the elderly, the young, and those presenting in emergency situations, with fever and those in pain. The third section of ten chapters covers the assessment of the basic systems together with the key clinical specialties including skin, eyes and ENT.