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Foreword by Professor Latif

It gives me great pleasure to provide introductory remarks to this noble effort “by a student, for the student”. Although there are instances of similar efforts made by others around the world, the author has certainly raised the bar to ease the learning challenges of fellow medical students. Equally important, this book is a source of inspiration to students across the world.

Visually-appealing and straight-to-the-point, the book is full of checklists, step-by-step references and is purposely splashed from cover-to-cover with lots of detailed illustrations enhanced by attractive icons and colour-coding. Full of practical tips, it will be an “aide memoir” for the preclinical student who has endless information to digest and memorize. The fact that it is pocket-sized will certainly help medical students who are perpetually on-the-go.

As a lecturer in the preclinical and clinical years, I can’t help but be proud that such a book has been produced by a student of mine. I have known Alia for the past three years and have personally gone through the manuscript in its infancy, particularly to review the Cardiovascular System section. I was also party to the overall decision-making of the book.

Physical examination is a crucial step in diagnosing a disease. It is important to know what you’re doing, why you’re doing it and how it is done. This book, with its 6 physical examinations, will help prepare the preclinical medical student for the experiences they are about to face:

1) in CST (Clinical Skills Training) classes when practicing physical examinations
2) in preparing for OSCEs (Objective Structured Clinical Examination)

Initiatives of this kind are rare and should be taken up by others as a way to contribute to society beyond what is normally expected. We all are accountable for a better world. We should continually ask ourselves what we have done to this end.

In conclusion, I wish great success for the author in all her future endeavours. May Allah bestow her guidance, mercy and blessings.


Prof. Dr. Abdul Latiff Mohamed
PhD (Cardiology) (Leeds), MRCP (UK), MD (UKM)

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