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  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 4th Edition edition (11 Sept. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 140518325X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405183253
  • Product Dimensions: 22.1 x 1.2 x 27.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 416,468 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Quality! It is unsurprising this textbook is such a hit with students, probably for the way it condenses the essentials of what is a massive subject into such manageable segments. Taking a symptom based journey through surgery, Surgery at a Glance gives enough information to help you get the basics so you don′t look like such an iegit when on a ward round the consultant asks you for 6 clinical features of appendicitis! ...It′s a smashing little book!!!" Black Bag, Bristol University Medical School Gazette

"Surgery at a Glance presents clinical students with digestible chunks of essential knowledge at their fingertips and is written in a style that is easy to understand...The style of text combined with clean cut illustrations really makes Surgery at a Glance essential, not only for junior and senior surgery firms but also for finals revision. A snip at under £20, can you afford not to have it?" Sharp, St George′s Union Magazine

"Overall, this is a very modern comprehensive coverage of a range of surgical conditions. I would recommend this book as an excellent resource for any surgical unit." Journal of Perioperative Practice, May 2006

"This is a book that allows you to see the big picture, and gives you the framework to further build your knowledge base from other sources. Fans of the at a Glance series will adore it." GKT Gazette, March 2007


"(the book′s) organisation enables learning to be focused in a manner that takes into account the ways that patients present to doctors and then supports it by giving details of specific conditions." Cambridge Medicine



Reviews of the previous edition

“Rating ∗ ∗ ∗ ∗ ∗. Excellent! Great value for money.”Cambridge Medicine, Addenbrooke’s Clinical Medical School



“This book should appeal to those who like to access information with the least effort… good for cementing and organising your knowledge… does effectively what its forebears do for undergraduate subjects: simplify illustrate and explain in a user–friendly format.”

2nd Opinion, The magazine of Scottish Medical Schools



“This book is ideal for finals as diagrams help the revision–numbed mind to retain information. It is extremely quick and easy to read and the list–based information is an ideal basis for short–answer questions”

Barts and the London Chronicle



“This delightful book is the latest in the At a Glance series and only the second on a purely clinical subject… The quality of the diagrams is such that for the majority of the topics the text is almost superfluous”

British Journal of Surgery



“offers clinical students a valuable resource and revision aid for general surgery and other surgical areas that are likely to be seen in finals. Each of the 76 chapters consist of definitions, common causes, clinical features, investigations, and management; a useful strategy that can be applied to most clinical problems.”

Student BMJ

"The beauty is in the illustrations; simple line drawings, laden with succinct information and memorable." Zahra Husain, GKT Gazette --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From the Back Cover

Surgery at a Glance provides a concise and accessible introduction and revision aid for medical students undertaking their surgical attachment. Following the familiar, easy–to–use at a Glance format, each topic is presented as a double–page spread with key facts accompanied by clear diagrams and photographs encapsulating all that the students need to know.


This new edition of Surgery at a Glance:


  • Is THE book for surgical finals.
  • Focuses on the core principles and the important diseases appropriate to the current curriculum.
  • Is divided into clinical presentations followed by major surgical conditions.
  • Contains 5 new chapters on:
    –stomas and incisions
    –anaesthesia
    –surgical infections
    –lymphoedema
    –solid organ transplantation.
  • Features a new tinted box for the cancer chapters that provides the 2–week–wait referral criteria.


Surgery at a Glance will appeal to all clinical medical students, junior doctors on the Foundation Program and surgical nurses.


Reviews of last edition


“This book is ideal for finals as diagrams help the revision numbed mind to retain information. It is extremely quick and easy to read and the list–based information is an ideal basis for short–answer questions.”
Barts and the London Chronicle


“Delightful book…the quality of the diagrams is such that for the majority of topics the text is almost superfluous.”
British Journal of Surgery --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By ran25@cam.ac.uk on 13 Jun. 2001
Format: Paperback
"Surgery at a glance" successfully achieves it's goal of providing simple, yet complete, information on the most important topics in general surgery. The accompanying illustrations act to clarify the text and provide the reader with a visual stimulus to memorise the topic for exam purposes.
The book is efficiently laid out, with each double page spread covering one topic area. The topics are divided into clinical complaints and surgical diseases, making it quick and practical, and useful in both hospital and revision settings.
I highly recommend this book for those medical students approaching finals; it provides one with the essentials for planning a top class essay, and a logical approach to presenting complaints as might be found in the clinical examination.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By St George's Student on 26 April 2006
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I am normally a bit sceptical about these at a glance books (I suppose I fancy myself as too much of a geek!). However, with finals coming up, and just having completed two very full, very fast years of clinical work, I am facing a horrendous amount of revision. I picked this up hoping that it might help me before my senior medicine firm and, much to my surprise, it was exactly what I needed.

It's like an expanded, easier to read version of the surgery section in the Oxford Clinical Handbook. The flow diagrams are perfect and the notes are kept to a minimum in order to highlight the most important points.

You can't expect this text to be exhaustive, but that's not the idea of it. It's great for revision and for reminding you of the most important management issues. I am converted!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By book lover on 27 Jun. 2007
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This is a surprisingly good way to refresh yourself on a whole load of information before exams or clinics. The layout is good - section one goes through symptoms, section two focusses on diseases. Each topic has a full double page spread with diagrams on the left and text on the right. Pages are clean and spread out so you can fill the space with your own jottings. Most of the pertinent information you need is there but it doesn't give you anything extra. The diagrams are generally pretty useful and tend not to fall into the common trap of being far too busy.

This is not a book from which to learn all of surgery in depth but you want a quick, no fluff, whizz through surgery with the important points highlighted, this is the book for you.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. Pilkington on 19 May 2006
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Surgery At A Glance covers all you need to know in an easy to rean and understand 2 page spread. One page contains wonderfully illustrated line drawings which explain the topic in an easy to understand diagramatic format. The other page explains the topic using simple, succinct and easy to comprehend text which covers all the salient points that a medical student needs to know. An excellent text book which is extremely useful before osce's and exams. A must for all medical students.
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The Facts:
* The first half of the book deals with common surgical presentations, while the second half delves into the specific surgical diseases in detail.
* Each topic is covered by a double page spread. One page uses simple and colourful pictures to inform about the symptom/condition, and the second page supports the images with text and tables.

The Good:
* The use of colourful images allows complex topics to be simplified and broken down into manageable chunks.
* The book covers most of the presentations and conditions that students will need to know for medical school finals.
* Simple bitesize chunks of text cover all the salient points : Epidemiology, aetiology, pathology, clinical features, investigation and management.

The Bad:
* At times some images can get a little cluttered when trying to convey too much information
* Detail can be superficial at times.

The Verdict:
* Surgery At A Glance provides an excellent overview of the core presentations and conditions in surgery.
* Its simple, colourful illustrations and clear, concise text are perfect as revision aids for final year medical students.
* Although this book provides a fantastic overview, certain topics only have superficial details thus requiring supplementation from other in-depth surgical texts.
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Surgery at a glance retains the series format of a two-page spread covering a particular topic area, with the left hand page incorporating line drawings that support and illustrate the text found on the facing page. The content is wide-ranging, and covers both presentations and then specific surgical conditions, some in more detail than others. The key information is included, and the layout is easy to read, with bullet points, and short lists. Further important information, such as key points and essential management, is contained and highlighted in text boxes. The use of colour has improved the look of the text.
The book is ideal for revising prior to exams and OSCEs, the diagrams would be particularly useful when imparting information to patients. It is also handy to review prior to ward rounds, theatre or clinics to help maximise your learning potential. Although the information included is not as detailed as some surgery textbooks, it does not detract from the proposed use of the book. There are no examples of investigations included, such as x-rays.
If you retain the information provided (and with the aid of clear diagrams and snappy text - that is very likely) then surgical cases and questions should cause you little trouble.
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