Intended to stimulate appropriate patterns of clinical thought in medical students, this guide tackles important medical and surgical topics from a problem-orientated angle, using case scenarios which encourage critical thinking and problem-solving. Presented with a comprehensive selection of important medical and surgical scenarios, the reader is taken through 66 case histories step-by-step, and is asked to interpret a broad range of medical data. Comprised in line with current teaching trends in student teaching, the case sudies covers all common and important problems faced by the newly-qualified doctor in the casualty department, on wards and in out-patients. Questions are based on the text but some are designed to test the reader's overall knowledge. Most of the clinical problems are accompanied by illustrations, which include cardiographs, radiographs, and clinical and pathological photographs. In addition to detailed questions and answers, a commentary is provided that highlights the important issues of each case, as well as a guide to further topics of study.