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The PLAB examination assesses your ability to work safely in your first appointment as a Senior House Officer in an NHS hospital. Are you ready? Comprehensive and completely up-to-date, the Third Edition of this best-selling guide to passing the PLAB is based on actual questions from previous examinations and enhanced by detailed, explanatory answers from the author's extensive clinical experience. Considering a wide variety of topics, the book suggests techniques to answer the extended matching questions by providing focused solutions and explanations. It also highlights clues to the correct response within the question itself. It is highly recommended for PLAB candidates, final year medical students and candidates for the MRCGP.
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Table of Contents

Foreword to the Third Edition. Preface to the Third Edition. About the author. Acknowledgements. Themes. Breathlessness. Liver disease. Causes of haematemesis. Neurological disorders. Mass in the right iliac fossa. Weight loss. Causes of pneumonia. Anaemia. Nail lesions. Ovarian tumours. Causes of acute pancreatitis. Cardiac lesions. Skin rash. Rectal bleeding in children. Arthritis. Genetics. Clinical features of cardiac arrhythmias. Lump in the groin. Causes of clubbing. Skin lesions. Operations in gynaecology and their indications. Urinary problems in women. Chest radiography findings in congenital heart diseases. Paediatric neurological disorders. Causes of syncope. Autoantibodies. Visual field defects. Renal calculi. Malnutrition and malabsorption. Adverse effects of medications. Pelvic pain. Staging of malignant tumours. Pulmonary diseases in children. Investigating pulmonary diseases in children. Adverse effects of medications. Liver diseases. Management of endometriosis. Investigating amenorrhoea. Tumour markers. Thyrotoxicosis. Chest radiography findings. Anaemia. Haematological diseases in children. Paediatric oncology. ECG findings. Psychiatric disorders. Endocrine tumours. Jaundice. Causes of confusion. Drug overdose. Haemoptysis. Human leucocytic antigens. Therapeutics. Amenorrhoea. Chest pain. Cerebrovascular disease. Lower limb ischaemia. Thyroid cancer. Inborn errors of metabolism. Neurological disorders. Renal impairment. Radiological investigations. Vaginal bleeding. Management of bleeding. Vascular disease. Skeletal pain. Breathlessness. Renal impairment. Investigating infertility. Teratogenic infections during pregnancy. Thyroid disorders. Infections. Gastrointestinal disorders. Management of myasthenia gravis. Rheumatology. Sexually transmitted diseases. Adverse effects of medications. Breast lumps. Malabsorption. Congenital cardiac lesions. Management of gastrointestinal disorders. Blood supply to the brain. Chest pain in pregnancy. Blood film. Arthritis. Electrolyte imbalance. Dermatomes. Cranial nerves. Clinical features of AIDS. Physical signs of cardiac lesions. Haematological diseases. Diarrhoea. Thyroid function tests. Rheumatology. Physical signs of congenital heart diseases. Management of thoracic disorders. Renal pathology. Management of cardiac patients. Tumour markers. Neurological disorders. Vasculitis. Acute abdominal pain. Risk factors for malignancies. Haematuria. Genetic disorders. Metabolic disturbances. Erythropoietin level. Immunodeficiency disorders. Investigations during pregnancy. Bone profile interpretation. Amenorrhoea. Abdominal pain. Rectal bleeding. Eye drops. Urinary symptoms in children. Viral infections in children. Haematemesis. Methods of contraception. Pupillary abnormalities. Monitoring of medications. Hoarseness of voice. Milestones in children. Prescribing medication in pregnancy. Visual problems. Muscle weakness. Physical signs in ophthalmology. Dysphagia. Psychiatric illness. ECG findings in arrhythmias and conduction defects. Interpretation of blood results. Arthritis. Vitamin deficiency. Bleeding in pregnancy. Mode of inheritance. Management of labour. Classification of medication in psychotherapy. Neonatal jaundice. Physical signs in dermatology. Neck swellings. Prescribing antimicrobials. Chromosomal abnormalities. Menorrhagia. Choice of contraception. Haematuria. Bacterial infections. Earache. Differential diagnosis of ectopic pregnancy. Infectious diseases. DVLA regulations for group 1 drivers. Scrotal swelling. Calcium metabolism. Investigating vaginal bleeding. Sexually transmitted diseases. Electrolyte imbalance. Choice of analgesia. Dermatological lesions. Causes of mouth ulcers. Abdominal discomfort. Medical syndromes. Seizures. Red eyes. Thoracic tumours. Headache. Vaginal bleeding. Investigating a neck swelling. Abdominal pain. Prescribing antimicrobials. Liver diseases. Carcinogens. Answers. Index.

About the Author

Sherif W Helmy is a GP with a special interest in Cardiology in Westminster, London

Reviews

Review of the Second Edition Dr Sherif Helmy is a physician with wide experience; he has applied his knowledge and skills to great effect in preparing this excellent book which will prove to be of immense value. It is topic-based, covering a wide range of subjects. The questions are all clinically relevant to day-to-day practice, and clearly formulated. Working carefully through this book should form an important part of the process of preparation for the exam and I am very happy to recommend it. Iain Murray-Lyon, Honorary Consultant Physician and Gastroenterologist, Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, London

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