Bates' Guide to Physical Examination and History Taking Twelfth, North American Edition


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Perform an accurate, efficient, and effective physical examination with confidence.

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 diagnoses 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 boxes help readers quickly find important summaries of clinical conditions and tips for challenging examination techniques.
  • Many new and updated photographs and illustrations support the text, and figures are now numbered for easy identification and reference.
  • Rewritten chapter on evaluating clinical evidence clarifies key concepts to ensure student understanding.
  • Revised and expanded chapter on the skin, hair, and nails includes new dermatology photographs and provides the framework for assessing common lesions and abnormalities.
  • Updated behavior and mental status chapter now references DSM-5 .
  • Significantly revised information on 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.


"Every section of this quality book provides an extensive amount of critical information in an easy-to-use format. This edition has demonstrated the commitment that this group has to the development of exceptional physical examination book. Well done!" Doody's Review ServiceTM, Doody's Core TitleTM (2018 Edition) 

Product details

  • Series: Bates Guide to Physical Examination and History Taking
  • PDF: 1064 pages
  • Publisher: LWW; Twelfth, North American edition (September 9, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781469893419
  • ISBN-13: 978-1469893419
  • ASIN: 146989341X

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  • 5
    Great book

    Claireozz | Jan 8th 2020

    Informative and easy to understand