Clinical Anatomy A Case Study Approach



Filled with 50 cases that consider 130 possible diagnoses, and more than 250 illustrations, this concise, highly accessible book is a must for medical students and professionals preparing for their courses, boards, and practice. With each chapter, you will gain insight into the
fundamentals of human anatomy and--just as importantly--its relevance to actual clinical practice. Clinical Anatomy features an intuitive body region organization, which is consistent with the common instructional approach of medical gross anatomy courses.
No other guide offers you the opportunity to interact with clinical conditions on a level that so closely approximates clinical practice.

FEATURESA rigorous, case-based approach helps you master the basics of anatomy and apply what you have learned to real-world clinical scenarios
50 clinical cases include the patient complaint, relevant findings of the physical examination, and the signs and symptoms of related clinical problems
M ore than 250 full-color ANATOMIC AL AND CLINICAL images
Definitions of clinical terms presented WITH each cASE
Instructive overview of the nervous system in the first chapter
Logical body region organization
Chapter-ending USMLE-type (clinical-vignette) review questions
Helpful appendices feature a comprehensive list of clinical terms (referenced by case) and explanations of the correct answers for the review questions
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Product details

  • Paperback | 608 pages
  • 187.96 x 233.68 x 25.4mm | 1,247.37g
  • 20 Jun 2013
  • McGraw-Hill Education - Europe
  • McGraw-Hill Medical
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0071628428
  • 9780071628426
  • 117,499

Clinical Anatomy: A Case Study Approach presents clinical anatomy in a way that is easy to read and understand and that reflects current practice in its emphasis on clinical reasoning. The text flows well and is supported by clear diagrams; examples of X-ray and scan images are used effectively to illustrate findings.

The book's 10 chapters each focus on an anatomic area (e.g., abdomen, pelvis, lower limb), and each is divided into 4–6 subsections that present clinical cases exploring aspects of that area's anatomy. For instance, chapter 7, covering the head, discusses cases ranging from skull fracture to epistaxis to facial nerve palsy. The same layout and structure are used for each condition considered.

In the chapter on the knee, for example, the case study of anterior cruciate ligament rupture begins by describing a patient presentation, with details of history, physical findings on examination, and imaging, followed by four possible diagnoses (chapter 10). The case describes the anatomy of the ligaments of the knee, with clear and well-labelled diagrams; explains the role of each ligament in stabilizing the knee; and describes the more common physical tests used to assess knee injury. Having established the underlying structures likely to be implicated in the case described, the clinical reasoning section considers the signs and symptoms of each of the possible diagnoses considered at the outset, concluding with a final diagnosis of ruptured ACL supported by presentation, clinical findings, and anatomic understanding.

Because the book is designed for students of medicine, large sections (e.g., chapter 5, describing conditions of the perineum) will have limited relevance to physiotherapists. Chapters on the lower limb (chapter 10), back (chapter 8), and upper limb (chapter 9) are of interest, however, as are sections considering conditions such as pneumothorax and bronchogenic carcinoma in chapter 2, on the anatomy of the thorax.

The risk of this case-study approach is that this book is neither a comprehensive anatomic manual nor a complete study of the disease or pathology that each case describes; students who wish to understand more on either of these subjects will need a more specialized text. But Clinical Anatomy: A Case Study Approach does offer valuable insights into the application of anatomy in understanding and supporting the diagnostic process, and for that reason would be a useful supplement to more traditional anatomy textbooks.

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