The Patient History: Evidence-Based Approach

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McGraw Hill Professional, 2005 - Medical - 600 pages
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Carefully teaches students the steps in history taking, the most important part of the clinical examination!

"This is a well organized and comprehensive book that teaches a systematic approach to the establishment of a differential diagnosis by maximizing the information that can be collected and developed from a patient's history....This book is ideal for medical students, housestaff, and any clinicians dedicated to refining their skills in this area....Students will find this book very useful in guiding them through the common presenting symptoms that bring patients to medical attention. By systematically reviewing the information attained to formulate a differential diagnosis, taking into account prevalence data, associated causes, likelihood ratios of alarm symptoms and such, students will cultivate the discipline helping them to perform at the highest level."--Doody's Review Service


  • Offers a patient-centered approach to the medical history by emphasizing symptoms rather than diseases
  • Applies principles of evidence-based medicine to the clinical history
  • Illustrates the history-taking process through the discussion of 60 common clinical symptoms, such as dizziness, weight loss, dyspnea, chest pain, nausea and vomiting, low back pain, memory loss, and anxiety
  • Includes diagnostic approach algorithms to summarize important concepts
  • Focuses on actual questions for use in daily practice
  • Provides tips for effective interviewing

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Subtleties of Medical History Taking
PatientCentered Interviewing
DoctorCentered Interviewing

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About the author (2005)

Mark Henderson, MD, Department of Internal Medicine, Administration, Unversity of California, Davis School of Medicine, Sacramento, CA

Lawrence M. Tierney, MD Professor of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco, Associate Chief of Medical Services, Veterans Affairs Medical Center

Kraytman, Maurice, M.D., University of Brussels, Belgium

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