Imagine examining your first patient. For hours beforehand, you pore over your textbooks, compiling information and making lists of things to ask and do.
What if you had a short guide to examining a patient? You could just follow a list of questions to ask and step-by-step instructions of what to do.
Instead of floundering around, flipping through dozens of textbooks, trying to decide what to ask, you spend your time more wisely learning the correct techniques for diagnosing a patient’s issue.
You know exactly what you need to do, and during the time with the patient, you practice physical diagnosis instead of trying to decide what to do next.
Too Much Information
Let’s face it: medical students have to learn huge amounts of information and can’t memorize everything.
The essential information learned in textbooks and lectures becomes a burden because there’s simply too much of it to absorb.
When you enter an examining room and meet a patient, you need to apply your knowledge to the practical situation at hand.
With the proper guidelines, you can establish good habits for a lifetime while you practice the techniques described for examining each system of the body.
When you have all the salient information gathered into a concise set of lists and instructions, you can follow the instructions and gain experience and understanding of the physical diagnosis process.
What You Need to Know
One short book (150 pages) contains everything you need to know while you’re examining a patient.
Use the list of general Review of Systems questions for every patient. Then access the specific Review of Systems questions for the system of the body that troubles your patient.
Each short section present specific techniques used to examine one bodily system. For example, if your patient’s chief concern is pain in the abdomen, you can access the section on Examination of the Abdomen right away.
One Practical Guide
The convenient and useful book, A Primer in Adult Physical Diagnosis, presents all the questions you need to ask and descriptions of how to examine each bodily system in one practical guide for actual interaction with patients.
Save time and aggravation. Stop worrying what you don’t know. This is all that you need to know. The 150-page book explains what to ask and what to do.
You’ll gain time to spend on other work and avoid floundering and appearing stupid or incompetent when faced with an actual patient.
John A. Crocco, M.D. has undoubtedly written the best comprehensive, condensed, practical textbook, A Primer in Adult Physical Diagnosis, on the history and physical examination for medical school and practicing physicians ever written. The textbook is a fresh approach to learning the topic of history and physical examination, being both concise and thorough. The textbook delivers its contents in an organized easily remembered format from which medical students can learn and practicing physicians can refresh their knowledge.
The bedrock of medical education today reviews the history and physical examination. In the tests available today, which is certainly to become outdated in the future by a newer and better mousetrap, the history and physical examination remains and will remain the immutable foundation for physicians to utilize the tools of modern technology in a rational, cost-effective way to more rapidly diagnose and appropriately treat our patients.
One can find no better guide than John A. Crocco, M.D.’s A Primer in Adult Physical Diagnosis to arm oneself for a successful career in medicine for students and practitioners alike.
Louis P. Cardi, M.D. Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School Member Occupational Residency Advisory Board, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School Corporate Medical Director (retired), Johnson & Johnson Certified American College of Internal Medicine Certified American College of Occupational Medicine
John A. Crocco, M.D. is an excellent physician, and a superb diagnostician and educator. He has written a concise, practical text on physical diagnosis. A Primer in Adult Physical Diagnosis will benefit students and physicians alike.
Well-written, easy to read and comprehend, this book should be owned by every medical student and resident. A teacher's greatest pleasure is to see a pupil use the knowledge learned. This book is a means to that end.
Alan K. Tannenbaum,M.D. Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Crocco’s Primer on Physical Diagnosis is a gem. This text is ideal for the medical student always deluged with mountains of information to prioritize and acquire. It delivers the “need to know” essentials clearly and succinctly. In fact, I use it as a guide when I teach the [Physical Diagnosis] course.
Roy Carman, M.S., M.D. Assistant Professor of Medicine UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
...very well written, easy to understand, and very clear ...how to do a proper physical diagnosis
Mary Yurashevich, medical student UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
I felt the book was informative as well as well-written. It is an appropriate length to be used as a guide and truly focuses on the most important aspects of taking a history, etc.
I look forward to re-reading it before my second year begins...a great refresher!
Gianna Casini, medical student UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School