Diagnosis: A Symptom-Based Approach in Internal Medicine PDF Download

Diagnosis: A Symptom-Based Approach in Internal Medicine PDF Download
by C. S. Madgaonkar (Author)

Diagnosis: A Symptom-based Approach in Internal Medicine was conceived during my practice in general internal medicine. I wrote this book because I wished it had been written for me. Although there are many textbooks and excellent manuals devoted to symptom-oriented diagnosis, I personally felt the need for a book that provides the essential information necessary in a concise and practical method, and thus relieve one from time and labor in searching through voluminous medical textbooks on the diagnostic process of symptoms presented by patients in today’s arduous ambulatory health care delivery system.
A symptomis commonly defined as,”Any affection which accompanies disease; a perceptible change in the body or its functions, which indicates disease, or the kind or phases of disease”.
The importance of symptoms, therefore, cannot be overemphasized because symptoms are why patients visit physicians; and based on their analysis, a physician attempts to make as accurate a Many symptoms encountered in everyday practice may suggest undifferentiated problems and many may suggest problems that are self-limited, while many symptoms are characteristic of early disease. New or serious symptoms often drive patients to overcrowded office or emergency departments. However, physicians need medical resource that can deliver timely and effective diagnostic information which, besides providing diagnosis on an established or common disease, does not ignore other possibilities. Besides, relevant diagnostic investigations and clinical aspects of related disorders are essential to support the diagnosis of any disease and treatment accordingly. Thus, in a busy ambulatory care, diagnosis has to be made without it being unrecognized until advance disease is present, treatment options are limited, and prognosis may be unfavorable.
It is in this context, I have made an attempt to first project common symptoms encountered in internal medicine, especially as applicable to the epidemiological incidence to the adult patient population, and then create a framework in which a physician can arrive at a tentative diagnosis.
The main features which remain constant for each symptom are:
• Synopsis:A symptom introduction in brief;
• Differential diagnosis of the symptom:Classified in three main groups, namely—common, occasional and rare;
• Investigations:In two sections, namely—general and specific;
• Clinical notes:In short paragraphs, helpful in the diagnosis of most of the diseases;
• Red flags:Key points highlighted to alert serious disorders not to be missed;
• Tables:To simplify and comprehensively illustrate text, wherever needed;
• Selective glossary:Brief summary of assorted, common and uncommon diseases, denoted by the sign “vide infra ↓↓”; and
• References:From various journals, textbooks, etc. where applicable.

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