Covering all the clinical topics required of a modern curriculum for medical students, this book guides the reader from accurate assessment of symptoms through to a structured and clear understanding of medical disorders. Each subject is approached in a problem-orientated style, and with the diagnostic possibilities considered in relation to their probability, context and range of associated features. A clinical description is included for each condition, together with its epidemiology, pathology, investigation, management and outcome. Chapters are preceded by lists of the conditions covered and an indication of whether these are relatively uncommon or very uncommon. The contents describe a logical sequence, beginning with the impact of genes on health and ending with sections devoted to the elderly and the dying patient. Where symptoms and signs are shared by multiple illnesses, an extensive cross-referencing system allows the reader to reach across the spectrum of diseases. Features • Structured for the problem-orientated approach to modern medical training • Includes easy-to-follow diagnosis and treatment algorithms • Highly illustrated and fully cross-referenced for flexibility and ease of use Table of Contents Preface 1. The genetic basis of disease Charulata Deshpande and Shirley Hodgson 2. Health promotion Alan Maryon-Davis 3. Gastrointestinal Bijay Baburajan and Terry Wong 4. Kidney James Pattison 5. Cardiovascular Derek Hausenloy, Diana Gorog and Michael Marber 6. Respiratory problems John Rees 7. Ear, nose and throat Rachael Hornigold, Simon Hogan and Michael Gleeson 8. Mental health Teifion Davies 9. Neurological Katia Cikurel, Leone Ridsdale and Lina Nashef 10. Eye Denise Mabey 11. Rheumatic Terence Gibson 12. Endocrine Jake Powrie 13. Toxicology Alison Jones 14. Genitourinary Andrew de Burgh Thomas and Jan Welch 15. Fever and infection Nicholas M. Price 16. Skin David McGibbon 17. Haematology Stephen Schey 18. The elderly patient Mark Kinirons 19. The critically ill Richard Leach 20. The dying patient Teresa Beynon.