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on 22 June 2016
If you're expecting the level of detail that's found in the iconic Kumar and Clarke then you will be disappointed. If, however, you're a total novice to surgery and don't know your appendicectomy from your tonsillectomy then this is a decent place to start! There is a little bit of information about everything from post-op care to anaesthetics to ophthalmology. Definitely enough to *pass* surgical finals but nothing special- really, Surgical Talk is just as detailed and less than half as lengthy - spend your money on that instead.
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on 19 August 2014
suitable to get an overview of the broad field of surgery
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on 21 April 2012
Good book for medical student's doing surgical rotations and enough details to give you an idea once you start working too.
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on 18 October 2014
excellent book
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on 6 May 2013
The surgical version of Kumar and Clarke. Good layout and information is concise and easy to understand. Would definitely recommend.
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on 16 January 2016
Quick delivery, great value
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on 22 June 2004
Finally, the Kumar and Clark of surgery has arrived! This brand new textbook really does tell you everything you'll need to know about surgery as a medical student, and probably as a house officer as well.
The book is split into three sections:
Section 1 covers general issues like wound healing, pain control and surgical complications. There are also some really good chapters on basic practical procedures and emergencies.
The 2nd section takes a regional approach, covering just about every bit of the body you could take a knife to.
The 3rd section covers surgical complications, including ophthalmology, ENT and orthopaedics, which are not usually found in general surgical texts (so there's ££ to be saved!).
Each chapter starts with an overview of the relevant anatomy, physiology and investigations. There are loads of really good pictures, with summary boxes and tables all over the place to make the info easier to digest. The book is colour-coded throughout, and whilst there's quite a lot to take in, it's really readable and well presented, so it's not too daunting. I'd say it's less gory than quite a lot of surgical textbooks I've seen (whether that's a plus or minus is up to you!).
The only downside to the book is that there are none of those handy self-assessment questions for the night before that dreaded exam. The book may also be a bit too exhaustive for the average medical student, with a few random sections like 'how to design a surgical department' (but you can just skip over these).
Overall however, this is an excellent textbook, and I'm pretty sure that 'Henry & Thompson' will become for surgery what 'Kumar & Clark' has for medicine. They look quite nice next to each other on your bookshelf as well!
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on 2 October 2001
This book explains surgery from pre- operative care/ethics, signs and symptoms, theatre, post-op complications- basically all you need to know for surgical finals. It is a good source of information for those learning surgery for the first time and those learning it for the very last time. It even includes medical images for those that need reinforcement. I recommend it to medical undergraduates all over the UK.
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on 1 November 2003
For many topics I found this title lacking in detail. For example there were just a few lines on Whipple's and nothing on Hartmann's technique. As I had to use other sources to look things up I thought it a bad buy. I'm going to return my copy and get something else.
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