Community Pharmacy: Symptoms, Diagnosis and Treatment

  • Thoroughly updated and revised
  • A clearly structured and colourfully illustrated guide to the differential diagnosis of symptoms commonly seen by community pharmacists.
  • Organised by body system, each chapter begins with a system overview and a brief guide to history-taking.
  • Each symptom or condition examined according to background; prevalence; aetiology; arriving at a differential diagnosis; questions to ask the patient, and conditions to eliminate.



From reviews of the first edition
'Paul Rutter's timely book provides a well-structured guide to making differential diagnoses ... The comprehensive text is easy to read and there are many excellent illustrations. ... All community pharmacists - whatever their experience - will find this book an excellent continuing professional development resource. I recommend it.' The Pharmaceutical Journal
  • Covers all the most common conditions and gives evidence to back up over-the-counter (OTC) recommendations.
  • Puts the presenting symptoms into the primary-care context.
  • Suggests which questions to ask to narrow down the possible diagnoses.
  • Gives schematic summaries of how to arrive at a diagnosis.
  • Evidence-based boxes as a guide for OTC medication.
  • Practical prescribing summary tables.
  • Hints and tips boxes for product use.
  • Self-assessment sections.
  • Colour images of important conditions.
  • Chapter on specific product requests.
  • Useful websites.