Perform an accurate, efficient, and effective physical examination with confidence.
Widely used by both students and practitioners, Bates’ Guide to Physical Examination and History Taking provides authoritative, step-by-step guidance on performing the patient interview and physical examination, applying clinical reasoning, shared decision-making, and other core assessment skills—all based on a firm understanding of clinical evidence.
This highly regarded text includes fully illustrated, step-by-step techniques that outline the correct performance of the physical examination and an easy-to-follow two-column format featuring examination techniques on the left and abnormalities (clearly indicated in red) with differential diagnosis on the right. Bates’ also includes a unit on special populations, covering special stages in the life cycle—infancy through adolescence, pregnancy, and aging.
- Clinical pearls, printed in blue, highlight key points throughout the text.
- Text boxeshelp readers quickly find important summaries of clinical conditions and tips for challenging examination techniques.
- Manynew and updated photographs and illustrations support the text, and figures are now numbered for easy identification and reference.
- Rewrittenchapter on evaluating clinical evidence clarifies key concepts to ensure student understanding.
- Revised and expanded chapter on the skin, hair, and nails includesnew dermatology photographs and provides the framework for assessing common lesions and abnormalities.
- Updated behavior and mental status chapternow references DSM-5.
- Significantly revised informationon obesity and nutrition counseling; cardiovascular risk factor screening and new clinical guidelines; new screening guidelines for breast cancer, colon cancer, Papanicolau smears, and stroke risk factors; updated information on STIs; new geriatric assessment tools; and much more.
- New life cycle content, including an increased emphasis on cardiovascular health promotion and child development; updated pregnancy topics such as weight gain, substance abuse, and intimate partner violence; and new information on the older adult, including frailty, immunizations, cancer screening, cognitive decline and dementia screening, and a new algorithm for falls prevention.
Bates’ Guide to Physical Examination and History Taking is the #1 choice for complete, authoritative guidance on mastering every aspect of the all-important physical examination.
Don’t Miss These Additional Resources:
Bates’ Pocket Guide to Physical Examination and History Taking, Eighth Edition
The Pocket Guide is an abbreviated version of the Bates’ twelfth edition textbook, designed for portability and convenience at the bedside.
Bates’ Visual Guide to Physical Examination (www.batesvisualguide.com)
Recently refilmed, these 18 volumes of examination videos (as well as 10 additional OSCEs) depict experienced clinicians conducting each of the regional examinations. The videos demonstrate visually the varying techniques of inspection, palpation, percussion, and auscultation in the regional examinations and special populations.
About the Author(s)
Lynn S. Bickley MD, FACP
Clinical Professor of Internal Medicine, School of Medicine, The University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM
Foundations of Health Assessment
Foundations for Clinical Proficiency
Evaluating Clinical Evidence
Interviewing and the Health History
Beginning the Physical Examination: General Survey, Vital Signs, and Pain
Behavior and Mental Status
The Skin, Hair, and Nails
The Head and Neck
The Thorax and Lungs
The Cardiovascular System
The Breasts and Axillae
The Peripheral Vascular System
Male Genitalia and Hernias
The Anus, Rectum, and Prostate
The Musculoskeletal System
The Nervous System
Assessing Children: Infancy Through Adolescence
The Pregnant Woman
The Older Adult