Monday, August 22nd, 2011 - Elsevier Australia

Elsevier Australia has released Mechanisms of Clinical Signs - a landmark publication designed to help medical students and junior doctors understand the pathophysiological mechanisms behind clinical signs.

Mechanisms of Clinical Signs by Doctors Mark Dennis, William Talbot Bowen and Lucy Cho is the first consolidated text explaining the mechanism of clinical signs commonly seen in medicine.

Existing textbooks on clinical examination are predominantly organised by disease systems and disease states. Mechanisms of Clinical Signs is arranged by body system and thus bridges the gap between identifying clinical signs and understanding the causes behind them.

Presented in a useful handbook style, the book discusses the evidence base and clinical value of each sign to assist with interpretation. Examples are plentiful and include such signs as distinctive tremors in a Parkinson's disease patient and red hands on a patient with liver disease.

The ability to accurately identify and interpret these signs of disease upon examination is a vital first step in correct diagnosis and treatment. Mechanisms of Clinical Signs is therefore an essential text for students and new practitioners.

In addition to being an easy-to-follow reference guide for clinical signs seen on the ward, Mechanisms of Clinical Signs is also a marvellous study aid. It is a particularly useful resource for those preparing for ‘Viva' or ‘OSCE' practical stations where students see patients and are asked specific questions relating to the clinical examination.

Students will also benefit from Online Student Consult resources which accompany Mechanisms of Clinical Signs upon purchase.

For more information or to purchase your copy of Mechanisms of Clinical Signs, visit

About the authors
Mark Dennis MBBS (Honours), Mark is a Resident at The Wollongong Hospital in NSW, Australia
William Talbot Bowen MBBS MD BS, William is a Resident in Emergency Medicine at the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans, USA
Lucy Cho MBBS MIPH BA (University of Sydney), Lucy is a Resident at The Wollongong Hospital in NSW, Australia

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