Bates' Visual Guide to Physical Examination

4th ed., Philadelphia, Pa.: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2005.
Streaming Video Format


Each module of the Bates' Visual Guide to Physical Examination shows step-by-step examinations with rationales for the clinician's actions and contains expanded discussions of health history taking, interviewing, and describing findings.  Graphics throughout the series illustrate key components of anatomy and physiology.  Patients and actual expert clinicians represent diverse age groups and cultures to reflect realistic practice settings.

This classic assessment video series is based on the book titled Bates' Guide to Physical Examination and History Taking.  The late Barbara Bates gained international recognition as an outstanding professor of medicine and an activist in interdisciplinary health care.

No other product on the market includes the complete videos as provided by MCW Libraries.  The e-book versions of the Bates' Guide to Physical Examination and History Taking 11e 2013 that are for individual sale only contain brief excerpts of these videos and not the complete set of modules.


User Access Information

Access is available to all Medical College, Froedtert Hospital and Children's Hospital of Wisconsin users through the MCW network.  Off-campus access is available to authorized users by logging into the MCW Libraries’ proxy server.

List of Modules

Approach to the Patient 24 minutes
Head-to-Toe Assessment (Adult) 36 minutes 
Pediatric Head-to-Toe Assessment (Infant) 42 minutes
Pediatric Head-to-Toe Assessment (Child) 44 minutes
Head-to-Toe Assessment (Older Adult) 38 minutes 
General Survey and Vital Signs 30 minutes
Examination of the Skin 12 minutes 
Head, Eyes, and Ears 25 minutes 
Nose, Mouth, and Neck  18 minutes
Thorax and Lungs  23 minutes 
Cardiovascular System  36 minutes 
Peripheral Vascular System  17 minutes 
Breasts and Axillae  15 minutes 
Abdomen  18 minutes 
Male Genitalia, Hernias, Rectum, and Prostate  17 minutes
Female Genitalia, Anus, and Rectum  21 minutes 
Musculoskeletal System  32 minutes
Nervous System: Cranial Nerves and Motor System  36 minutes 
Nervous System: Sensory System and Reflexes  21 minutes 


LWW Health Library Premium Collection - Selected Bates' Videos

The LWW Health Library Premium Collection provides access to the Bates’ Guide to Physical Examination and History Taking e-book and selected Bates' videos.  Click on the Video & Audio tab at the top of the page followed by the Physical Examination topic link on the left to access a selection of Bates' videos provided on this platform.   Links to videos are also provided in context within the book under Associated Content.  See the LWW Health Library FAQ for browser and device compatibility information.


Bickley LS. Bates' Guide to Physical Examination and History Taking. 11th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Wolters Kluwer Health/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; 2013.
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