A Visual Guide to Physical Examination

The Health Sciences Library is pleased to provide this streaming video version of Barbara Bates’ A Visual Guide to Physical Examination. The video clips demonstrate technique while audio content describes procedures and rationales. A summary and quick review conclude each section. Links to accompanying static images are also included. The fourth edition has been supplemented with six new modules offering specific guidance on approach to the patient, general survey, vital signs and skin, and age-appropriate head-to-toe assessment.

Limits and Restrictions

  • Off-campus access: You must authenticate through our proxy server with an active Onyen/Hospital/AHEC account.
  • Please note that the license for this product does not allow you to copy, reproduce, or redistribute any of the images or videos.
  • Also note that due to the subject content of this product consideration must be given to others when viewing it in a public area.

System Requirements

Table of Contents

Head-to-Toe Assessment of the Adult

Head-to-Toe Assessment of the Infant

Head-to-Toe Assessment of the Child


Breasts and Axillae

Male Genitalia, Hernias, Rectum, and Prostate

Cardiovascular System

Peripheral Vascular System

Female Genitalia, Anus, and Rectum

Head, Eyes, and Ears

Musculoskeletal System

Nervous System: Sensory System and Reflexes

Nervous System: Cranial Nerves and Motor System

Nose, Mouth, and Neck

Thorax and Lungs

General Survey and Vital Signs

Examination of the Skin

Approach to the Patient

Head-to-Toe Assessment of the Older Adult

System Requirements

  • 56 kbs modem or higher speed broadband connection to the Internet;
  • Audio speakers or headphones


  • Windows Media Player version 9 or higher is required
  • Internet Explorer 5.5 or higher OR Netscape 7.0 or higher ; JavaScript enabled


  • Download and install software that will allow your Mac to read “.wmv” files. Either Flip4Mac available from http://www.telestream.net/flip4mac/overview.htm or VideoLan’s VLC Media Player available from http://www.videolan.org/
  • For Safari users: (Mac only) Click on the video you want. Follow the instructions for downloading the file to your Mac. Once the file has finished downloading, browse your hard drive for the file. Double click on the file to run it. You will be asked which application you want to use to run the file. Choose VLC. Your video should start automatically.
  • For Firefox users: (Mac only) Click on the video you want to view. A pop-up box will appear asking which software you want to use to open the file. Browse your Mac for VLC. Click on VLC, click OK and your video will start playing automatically.
  • In order to play the Bates videos on any iOS or Android device, you will need to download a VLC player, such as VideoLan’s VLC Media Player (computer) or VLC for Mobile (iPhone, iPad, or Android).

    Once you have installed a VLC player or app, you can navigate back to the Bates’ video page and click on the video you want to watch. You should then be prompted to select an application to open the video. You should select your VLC player or app.

Last modified: 10/16/18