The Oxford Handbook of Clinical Diagnosis is the first and only
book that describes the diagnostic process clearly and logically so
that it can be effectively learnt. It shows how to justify
intuitive diagnoses clearly and logically in an evidence-based way.
It provides the differential diagnosis of every symptom, physical
sign and initial test result. This handbook uses 'pattern
recognition tables' which enable the reader to scan the page to see
which diagnostic explanation would apply best to a patient or case
history. The book is aimed at medical students and others who wish
to improve their diagnostic skills and interactions with patients.
It describes how to justify diagnoses and management decisions
verbally or in writing and clarifies what evidence is needed from
research, and its statistical features. It provides senior doctors
with a clear framework and examples help to teach trainees and
students to approach diagnostic problems in a logical way and to
effectively justify their opinions. It provides all doctors with
practical help when dealing with problems outside their immediate
field of expertise, especially general practitioners and those who
are faced with unforeseen situations and emergencies.