By Peter G Devitt MBBS MS FRACS, Juliet Barker MBBS MD, Jonathan D. Mitchell FRCP, Christian Hamilton-Craig MBBS PhD BMedSci(Hons) FRACP FSCCT
Scientific difficulties offers a accomplished number of vital clinical and surgical situations. The reader is taken via sixty two case histories step-by-step and is requested to interpret a extensive variety of scientific data.
* Addresses vital clinical and surgical issues from a problem-oriented approach.
* offers proper scientific illustrations for every case, akin to ECGs, radiographs, and scientific and pathologi-cal photographs.
* Emphasizes empathy with the patient's state of affairs in addition to powerful sufferer counseling.
* presents commentaries from skilled clinicians, highlighting an important problems with every one case and delivering feedback on attainable additional parts of study.
* Identifies events the place emergency administration needs to take priority over pathophysiological analysis.
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Clinical Problems in General Medicine and Surgery by Peter G Devitt MBBS MS FRACS, Juliet Barker MBBS MD, Jonathan D. Mitchell FRCP, Christian Hamilton-Craig MBBS PhD BMedSci(Hons) FRACP FSCCT