How to Examine Patients

How to Examine Patients

from the Apprentice Doctor series

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How to Examine Patients

How to Examine Patients comes with

  • A CD-Rom with lessons (Older version Windows only, through XP and Vista)
  • Stethoscope
  • Otoscope (for ear examinations)
  • Medical examination light
  • Eye exam chart
  • Digital Thermometer
  • Tongue depressors
  • Alcohol swabs
  • Face masks and a pair of disposable gloves
  • Surgical ruler, surgical marking pen


Appropriate for ages 13 and up.

On Special. We have only one left. When they are gone, they're gone.

This kit is intended for the student who may want to be a doctor someday.

I received a trial copy a few years ago, put the CD-Rom in our Windows laptop and looked over all the lessons and projects. Impressed, I ordered some.
Then I got busy with other projects and didn't get around to putting them on the website. Oops! So here I am offering them to those of you with older operating systems.

Here's what I found when I looked over the lessons on the CD:
First, an animated introduction to what's on the CD.
Then, a series of medical topics with small accompanying projects. I read through all of them, trying quite a few of them.

Here are some of them:

Article: Sound - A Biomedical Perspective
Project 1: The Qualities of Sound - an interactive article that includes sound samples at different frequencies
Project 2: An Introduction to Percussion
For part 2A you need three identical glasses and a metal spoon
For 2B you need three empty tins with lids

The Ear
Article: The Ear and Hearing - includes animated images and a movie
Project 3: Medical Sound Samples
You get to listen to gastrointestinal sounds, a respirator, an EKG, heart rates, and more
Project 4: Examine the Ear
Uses the otoscope and examination light provided in the kit, and includes photo examples of what you might see.

Article: Light - A Biomedical Perspective
Project 5A: Mixing Colors of Light. This is a computer activity where you switch colors on and off
Project 5B: Inspect the Color of the Mucous Membranes. Examine the mucous membranes of your mouth in a mirror, and compare them with colors in a diagram. Optionally, you can use the examination light and the gloves to examine someone else's mouth. There is a written discussion of what doctors learn from this type of examination
Article: The Eye and Vision
Project 6: Examine the Eye - uses the examination light
Project 7: The Snellen Test - uses the familiar eye exam chart
Project 8: The Blind Spot - For this you'll need a blank piece of paper and the marking pen

Medical Instruments
The CD-Rom has pictures of a variety of instruments and items
Project 9: Assembling the stethoscope. This project also refers to a blood pressure meter (sphygmomanometer), which doesn't come in the kit but is available online from the manufacturer.
Project 10: Familiarize yourself with the stethoscope

Examine a Patient
Article: The Examination of a Patient
Project 11: The Structural Arrangement of the Body (self-exam). This requires privacy, a full-length mirror, and some disposable gloves. (One set comes with the kit but you may have used them already)
Project 12: Examine the Subdivision of the Chest Area. This requires a well-lit room, a large mirror, and a surgical marker or pen or pencil with which to draw lines on oneself.
Project 13: Subdivisions of the Abdomen. Similar to project 12.
Project 14: Percussion Model of the Chest. For this one you'll need a few household items: a couple of large bottles and a smaller bottle, masking tape and a teaspoon.
Project 15: Technique for Medical Percussion
Project 16: Examination by Percussion

In all there are 43 projects covering 11 bodily systems. Almost all of them can be done with just what is in the box. Three and a half projects require equipment that doesn't come in the box but is available online from the manufacturer. Those items are a reflex hammer (for Project 27: Spinal Nerve Reflexes), a blood pressure meter (for Project 9 on the stethoscope and for Project 31: Blood Pressure) and some urine test strips (for Project 40: Urinalysis). There is also a project that requires an accurate bathroom scale and a measuring tape (Project 28: Growth Chart) as well as one that requires a garden hose (Project 29: Turbulence of a Liquid).

When the lessons get to the reproductive system, they are discreet. Project 41, "Heart Sounds: An Unborn Baby" is to be done only if there is a mother-to-be, who feels comfortable letting the student put on the stethoscope. There is no discussion of birth control methods. This section contains the statement, "Having a single faithful sexual partner for life can prevent sexually transmittable diseases."

I thought this kit was very engaging. My then-twelve-year-old son, who definitely does NOT want to be a doctor, begged off right after the ear exam. He thought it was gross. This is more for students who like life science.


How to Examine Patients (Windows 98-ME-2000-XP-Vista version)
Originally $59.95, it is now just 29.95, because it is an older edition for use with XP and Vista

We have just one of these left. When they are gone, they're gone.


(You can always take it out later.)

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