Bates' Guide to Physical Examination and History Taking

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Univ. of Rochester, NY. Textbook, for medical and nursing students, to the physical exam and history taking. Previous edition, c1995, was on the Brandon/Hill Medical List and entitled: A Guide to Physical Examination and History Taking. Chapters are thumb-tabbed. DNLM: Physical Examination--methods.

Customer Reviews:

  • Save money, buy a used book !
    Once again, the teacher recommended we buy the newest version.

    I'm a rebel and a poor student.

    The newer editions have nicer pictures, but an A is an A in the class....more info
  • Still looking for a good physical exam book
    This book was written for no one in mind. It reads as a single run-on sentence from page one to the end. You cannot learn physical exam from it (or from any other book -- you simply have to practice) and Bates is a rather mediocre reference if you need to find out how to examine this or that.

    Physical exam is a dying art and I'm yet to find a semi-decent modern text on the subject....more info

  • Health Assessments
    Great resource for nursing classes. Large, heavy book, difficult to carry around but very informative. ...more info
  • Very thorough
    This book is a great thorough guide to physical exam. Good for medical students just learning physical exam and for a reference book....more info
  • okay book
    This book is the best one on physical exam that I've found, but is not great by any means. It's very boring to read. Unfortunately, physical exam is something you have to practice, and reading a book won't help much. You have to SEE someone with experience perform an exam for it to really sink in.

    I think it's way too expensive. ...more info
  • Required for school, but going into my personal library
    I am taking BSN courses and this text is required. The book includes a CD which I have not had the time to review.

    The text is very good. It has a great flow from system to system. There are many color photos to explain the various findings. The book is through and I especially love the red text in the borders that explains the criticial thinking of the assessment coupled with the finding.

    I own a Mosby's guide from my previous Nursing classes. I thought it was good until I purchased Bates. This is my new favorite examination text and one I will keep in my personal library for years to come....more info
  • Ideal for undergraduates
    Undoubtedly this book has gone a long way to perfect herself but certain gross errors exist , an example being an opening shap being mentioned as a "low pitched" sound (along with S3 and mid diastolic murmur) in page 307 and a picture of Herpes Zoster being labelled as Herpes Simplex in page 137 .
    Considering the size of the book, the hardbound cover and the way of presentation,the coverage should be so as to benefit postgraduates also by inclusion of certain finer and additional details even at the cost of a mild increase in size.
    The lucid explanations and clear illustrations are definitely invaluable and make the book outstanding in its field.
    The few corrections can always be undertaken.
    Professor K.N.Viswanathan, AVMC, Pondicherry, INDIA....more info
  • Excellent book for chiropractic students
    I used this book along with Mosby's Physical Examination book and easily passed my Physical Diagnosis class in chiropractic college. These two book also served as excellent references for Parts II, III and IV of the national chiropractic boards. I also found Dr. Leonardi's National Board of Chiropractic Part II Study Guide: Key Review Questions and Answers, to be an excellent source for the boards. I also found Leonardi's Part III Study Guide and Part IV study guides to be right on the mark. These books helped me with passing the boards. Bates Book is needed as a great building block for learning Physical Examination--Heart, head and Neck, Chest and lungs, abdomen etc....more info
  • Great Buy
    I am a Physician Assistant Student and i have to admit that every semester we are required to buy books and at the end of every semester i sell my books buy. This was the only one i did not sell back. Its great for a person who is beginning the medical field and is great for someone who just wants to brush up on technique. The CD located in the back of the books is really not that helpful because it skips critical parts of the physical exam however its good to see how to do certain things. Most of the books chapters are well organized except for the HEENT chapter bc its all over the place. However i LOVE my Bates and i still use it on clinical rotations....more info
  • Good book...
    This is a great book to have for anyone that has to learn and write a history and physical or perform a physical exam on a patient. It is 'easy reading' and the pictures are quite helpful. It's a great book to learn with and as a reference for anyone that may need to brush up on their patient skills....more info
  • Excellent book
    The book was true to description- Never used. It still had the CDs in it. The price was excellent ($10.00 for a book that cost $100+) and delivery was fast....more info
  • Registered Nurse and BSN Clinical Instructor
    This is an excellent textbook!!! I have used this book as a student and to help prepare my student for a health assessment check off and for their test. This book has been a valued resource in my library for the past 10 years. I have purchased 3 editions of this textbook over this period of time. I highly recommend this textbook for advanced students and professional healthcare members....more info
  • Excellent Physical Examination textbook.
    I am a first year medical student and use this book in our physical diagnosis course. I found this book easy to read with good illustrations. Diagrams were useful in understanding the text. I found the heart sounds CD to be extremely useful in understanding the cardiac cycle and how it relates to heart murmurs. I haven't seen other physical diagnosis textbooks but I can say that this one is very user friendly....more info
  • Bates Guide to Physical Examination
    The content is great, but the book arrived with the binding torn and in poor condition. It was a new book ...more info
  • Errors, errors, and more errors!
    This book at one time was good I am told, but the 8th edition (2002) is now outdated with many errors. The CD on heart sounds which is included is insulting to medical students. The book has terrible photographs which make the patients look jaundiced or cyanotic. I am sorry I bought it. There is no question that Swartz's book on physical diagnosis is the best. Swartz has a great free CD on the complete physical exam which is included with the book....more info
  • Just there is no better book yet
    This book is good just because I could not find any better book.
    It has good colored pictures but pictures are for extere pathologies, there is not much practical pictures. What is also missing is key observations. Yes there are some warnings for key observations but not enough. observations that are in the margins of the book should be the scope of the book. Explanations are very broad, for example says "look for asymetry or discoloratio, etc but it does not say very often than what. it helps for note taking but does not help much for diagnostics.there are some tables that guides you but those tables are very extensive.May be I was expecting more that what it should be....more info
  • Good overall book but not for ortho exam
    I liked this book but the one thing I wanted from it that it didn't have was a good musculoskeletal exam. For that, I highly recommend Pocket Guide to Musculoskeletal Diagnosis. Hoppenfeld is okay too, but Pocket Guide is better. I like Bates as a reference but it's not very practical for day-to-day use. ...more info
  • Bates' Guide to Physical Examination and History Taking, Ninth Edition with E-Book
    Good book and a geat resource. This particular work places the patient History and exam in a logical and systematic approach with illustrations and study helps - a keeper....more info
  • Good, but maybe you'll want better.
    This is an excellent and thorough text on the physical exam. The only problem is that its based on "the way things have always been done" instead of emerging controlled trials evaluating H+P techniques objectively. You might consider purchasing one of the new evidence-based medicine physical exam texts that are beginning to pop up (Ask your docs about recommendations). Preview them first, because not all of them teach the actual techniques or present the differential diagnosis of findings as well as Bates. They do, however, actually include numbers (percentages, Likelihood ratios, etc) to tell you how sensitive and specific (read how useful) these methods really are. These numbers will be critical to you later in evidence-based practice (which is not what all physicians now practice) in order to determine the pre- and post-test (lab, X-ray, etc.) probabilities of your differential diagnoses.
    Buying an evidence-based text now would save you from having to buy both like I did....more info
  • Much used book for examination
    I'm in acupuncture school and when we do apply this book, it's really beneficial. Though I didn't listen whether or not it had heart beat sound clips, I think that would very useful. Laysout things pretty well......more info
  • Index Incorrect
    The index in the version I have is completely inaccurate. What's more, to obtain errata you're required to enter a code on the publisher's website. This code is not stamped on the book but is on the packaging which I unfortunately threw away before I noticed the index was completely inaccurate.

    Save yourself the headache and get a different version....more info
  • physical exam and history taking information
    Bates' is the a very good source for information on physical exam and history taking. It provides clinical explanations for things such as systolic murmurs and heart sounds....more info
  • Exellent book for Hx taking and physical exam!!!
    There are lots of books out there now for Med students or anyone involved in the medical field to learn about proper Hx taking and physical exam.But clearly this book stands out. Now in it's 9th ed, it comes also with a CD containing videos demonstrating those PE techniques. I'm already done with my residency and finished Med school about a decade ago, but was 'forced' to buy this new edition as I would be teaching Med students Hx taking and Physical diagnosis.I needed to refresh all of those stuff that I learned before,and with this book it made everything easy. Proper techniques of physical examination were clearly described and most of them are illustrated well. The book also shows expected normal findings, and associate those abnormal findings with certain diseases and pathology that they can be seen.
    I strongly recomned this book to those who really wanted to learn the proper, correct way of physical examination.It's well worth it-something you'll use throughout your career (like the Dubin book for EKGs)....more info
  • A doctor without this book is missing a lot ...
    It is a book worth keeping all the time around you, in the clinic, in the ward and everywhere. I being a homeopathic doctor felt that in the beginning the text teaching almost everything needed to hunt for the clues, symptoms and signs to pin-point the problme and later serves as a reference. This new edition has many added features along with the all previous ones. I usually didn't need to consult anyother book while using it....more info
  • RRT, RN
    I found this an extremely "Patient Centered" text. The exam and how it is presented focuses on the "Patients Concerns", like modesty, warm room, time, and concern. The DVD gave a brief review. I wish more time had been on the Eye exam, maybe next time....more info
  • Good book...
    This is a great book to have for anyone that has to learn and write a history and physical or perform a physical exam on a patient. It is 'easy reading' and the pictures are quite helpful. It's a great book to learn with and as a reference for anyone that may need to brush up on their patient skills....more info
  • Really Good
    Could there be a better way to put phsyical exam in a book? The pictures are great and the step by step approach is great for people just learning the physical exam or people that need to brush up on specific aspects of an exam....more info


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