Bates’ Visual Guide to Physical Examination

Bates’ Visual Guide to Physical Examination, the online version of the classic textbook on physical examination and history taking, is now available.  This electronic guide consists of lessons organized by body systems, with each lesson providing detailed explanations of examination procedures and demonstrations of specific techniques via streaming video.

To access Bates’ Visual Guide to Physical Examination, type “Bates Visual Guide” into the Pitt Resources Quick Search box on the HSLS home page. This resource can also be found in the HSLS Databases A – Z list.   A short tutorial on accessing and using Bates’ Visual Guide is available.


To view the videos, users must have Internet Explorer version 5.5 or higher and Windows Media Player 9 or newer installed on their PC (Bates is not compatible with Macintosh products).  Due to licensing restrictions, use of Bates’ Visual Guide is currently limited to individuals with current University of Pittsburgh computer accounts.

The latest print version of this resource (Bates’ Guide to Physical Examination and History Taking, 10th edition) is still available in the reference sections of Falk Library, UPMC Shadyside Library, and UPMC Children’s Hospital – Blaxter Library. The call number is RC76 B38 2009.

~ Mary Lou Klem