Bates' Visual Guide to Physical Examination

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The Bates' Visual Guide to Physical Examination video series provides “head to toe” and systems-based physical examination techniques.  The videos, delivered via streaming video, cover adult, infant, child, and older adult patients.  Each video may be viewed as a full volume, or chapter-by-chapter.  The eighteen available videos are:

  • Head-to-Toe Assessment Adult
  • Head-to-Toe Assessment Infant
  • Head-to-Toe Assessment Child
  • Head-tp-Toe Assessment Older Adult
  • General Survey and Vital Signs
  • Skin
  • Head, Eyes, and Ears
  • Nose, Mouth, and Neck
  • Thorax and Lungs
  • Cardiovascular System
  • Peripheral Vascular System
  • Breasts and Axillae
  • Abdomen
  • Male Genitalia, Rectum, Anus, and Prostate
  • Female Genitalia, Anus, and Rectum
  • Musculoskeletal System
  • Nervous System: Cranial Nerves, and Motor System
  • Nervous System: Sensory System and Reflexes

The video series serves as a compliment to the Bates Guide to Physical Examination and History Taking book.

This resource also provides access to ten OSCE Clinical Skills Videos.  Viewing them will assist in the preparation for Objective Structured Clinical Examinations or OSCEs.  Each presents a clinical encounter; viewers are then given the opportunity to develop an assessment or differential diagnosis and provide an appropriate diagnostic workup.  The subjects include:

  • Chest Pain
  • Abdominal Pain
  • Sore Throat
  • Knee Pain
  • Cough
  • Vomit
  • Amenorrhea
  • Falls
  • Back Pain
  • Shortness of Breath


Local campus contacts: (Newark) 973-972-4358 or OR (New Brunswick) 732-235-7610 or  

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User tools and features

“Chapters” within the Physical Examination series may be viewed with a click on the corresponding image.  The right-pointing arrow is click to start each video.  There are links at the bottom of the screen to “previous” and “next” videos within a series.  Icons are also available to turn on closed captioning, to raise/lower the volume of the narration, or to view the video as a full screen (the ESC button on the computer keyboard turns off the closed caption and full screen features).

Dates covered

Most recent is the 5th edition.


Corresponds with book, Bates' Guide to Physical Examination and History Taking; original content is filmed for this product

Type of coverage

Videos which cover physical assessment and history taking (human).

Print counterpart or
related resources

Bates' Guide to Physical Examination and History Taking

Producer/content provider

Wolters Kluwer

Vendor/electronic presentation provider

Wolters Kluwer