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Time to add a fifth pillar to bedside physical examination: Inspection, palpation, percussion, auscultation, and insonation. Traditionally, the four pillars of bedside physical examination are inspection, palpation, percussion, and auscultation. In this paper, Drs. Narula, Chandrashekhar and Braunwald propose adding a fifth element—bedside ultrasound (or insonation).   This is timely for several reasons, including that current physical examination skills in new trainees are often suboptimal and efforts to improve examination skills during medical training have not been particularly successful. Also, point-of-care handheld ultrasound systems are now available that make bedside insonation imminently feasible. The newest devices are handheld, in some cases wireless, compatible with smartphone technologies, and, in one case, costing less than $2000. MORE

Elsevier author, Dr. Nilam Soni donated copies of his book to the Alma Mater Hospital in Gros Morne, Haiti for use in their point-of-care ultrasound training program. The average life expectancy in Haiti is only 44 years, as most Haitians lack access to proper medical care and many providers lack the necessary resources to make proper diagnoses. MORE

The 2018 BMA Medical Book Awards took place September 4th at the British Medical Association’s headquarters in London. 670 titles spanning 20 categories were evaluated by doctors and medical educators for their applicability to audience, production quality and originality. MORE

Advances in Cosmetic Surgery provides practicing cosmetic surgeons with an in-depth look at clinical advancements in the four core specialties—plastic surgery, facial plastic surgery, oculoplastic surgery, and cosmetic dermatology— and allows practitioners, educators, and researchers to continuously and comprehensively keep pace with this ever-evolving specialty,” MORE

Elsevier is proud to announce the March 2019 publication of Sobotta – Clinical Atlas of Human Anatomy. This version of the well-known Sobotta Atlas is based on the North American medical curriculum and is written by an exceptional team of North American authors actively teaching anatomy. MORE