The Common Symptom Guide, Sixth Edition

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Instantly diagnose 100 of the most commonly seen symptoms in adults and children!

"This is a book of lists to help inexperienced healthcare providers hone their skill at progressing from symptoms to a differential diagnosis to treatment decisions. This is a necessary step in a student's development and this book goes a long way in assisting in this process. 3 Stars."--Doody's Review Service

The Common Symptom Guide is the most trusted and easy-to-use reference for quickly and accurately evaluating and treating patients based on presenting symptoms. The Guide includes lists of pertinent questions, physical findings, and differential diagnosis for more than 100 of the most common adult and pediatric symptoms so you can instantly diagnose and treat the complaint.

Turn to The Common Symptom Guide for important guidelines on:

  • Patient and family history
  • Physical examination
  • Diagnostic considerations
  • Medications
  • Environmental history
    Plus...
    • Outstanding indexing and cross-referencing to help you quickly arrive at a diagnosis
    • Increased number of evidence-based medicine references
    • Updated medical information throughout
    • More references to key websites
    • Additional information on the author's website (www.howsyourhealth.org) that provides valuable patient
    education material
 

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Contents

Headache
202
Head Injury
206
Heatstroke Heat Prostration
208
Hernia Inguinal
210
Hiccough
211
Hoarseness
212
Hyperactivity Pediatric
214
Hypertension
216

Adolescent Puberty Problems
67
Alcoholism
69
Allergies
72
Anemia
74
Angina
77
Anorexia
79
Anus Problems
81
Asthma
83
Back Pain
85
BedWettingEnuresis
89
BehaviorIrritability Pediatric
91
Birth Control
93
Blackout Spells Syncope
95
Blood in Stools
98
Breast Problems
101
Breathing Trouble Adult
103
Breathing Trouble Pediatric
108
BruisingBleeding Tendency
112
Burns
114
Chest Pain
116
Confusion
121
Constipation Adult
124
Constipation Pediatric
126
Convulsions
128
Cough
132
Coughing Blood Hemoptysis
136
Cramps Menstrual
138
Cyanosis
139
Dark Urine
141
DepressionAnxiety
143
Diabetes
145
Diaper Rash Pediatric
147
Diaper Staining Pediatric
148
Diarrhea Acute
150
Diarrhea Chronic or Recurrent
153
Difficulty Swallowing Dysphagia
157
Discharge Vagina
160
DizzinessVertigo
162
Double Vision Diplopia
166
Ear Problems Tinnitus Decreased Hearing Ear Discomfort
169
Eating Excessive
173
Excessive DrinkingExcessive Urination PolydipsiaPolyuria
175
Eye Problems
178
Facial Pain
184
Fever
186
FootAnkle Pain
190
Frostbite
192
GaitCoordination Problems
193
Hair Change
196
HandWristArm Problems
198
Indigestion Bloating
219
Infertility
221
Jaundice
223
JointExtremity Pain
227
Lethargy
233
LumpLymphadenopathy
235
Mouth Trouble
239
Muscle Weakness
243
Nail Problems
246
NauseaVomiting Adult
248
NauseaVomiting Pediatric
251
Neck Pain
254
NoseSinus Trouble
256
Numbness
259
Obesity
262
OverdosePoisoning
264
Palpitations Heart Pounding
266
Pigment Change
268
Pregnant
270
Retardation Pediatric
272
Sexual Problems
274
Sick Frequently Pediatric
276
Skin Problems
278
Sleep Problems
283
Small Baby
285
StonesGallstones
288
Stroke
289
Suicidal Thoughts
291
Swelling
293
Talking Trouble
297
Testicle Trouble
299
Thyroid Trouble
301
Trauma
304
Tremor
310
Tuberculosis
312
Twitching
314
Ulcer Gastric or Duodenal
317
Ulcer Leg
319
UnconsciousStupor
321
Upper Respiratory Infection
326
Urine Troubles
329
Vaginal Bleeding Problems
333
Venereal Disease
335
Vomiting Blood
338
Weight Loss
340
Well Baby Check
342
Glossary
345
Selected COOP Charts for Measuring Health Status
353
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About the author (2009)

John H. Wasson, M.D., Professor of Community and Family Medicine and Medicine at Dartmouth Medical School, Hanover, New Hampshire. He holds the Herman O. West Chair in Geriatrics.

B. Timothy Walsh, M.D., W&J Ruane Professor of Pediatric Psychopharmacology in the Department of Psychiatry at the College of Physicians & Surgeons, Columbia University, New York, New York, and Director of the Division of Clinical Therapeutics at New York State Psychiatric Institute.

Harold C. Sox, Jr., M.D., M.A.C.P., Editor, Annals of Internal Medicine, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Robert Pantell, M.D., Professor of Pediatrics, Division of General Pediatrics, University of California at San Francisco School of Medicine, San Francisco, California.

Mary C. LaBrecque, B.S.N., Instructor in Community and Family Medicine, Dartmouth Medical School, Hanover, New Hampshire.

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