I am still to get into the depths of this book but, like the companion volume on neuroscience, this is a well illustrated and concise introduction/ reference book on "the knife ". Take it in the bite size subject sections as you would the lectures.
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.
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.
Having not been officially taught anything surgical in fifth year i got this for a bit of surgery revision. Although a useful overview, there is much overlap with Medicine at a Glance and not a lot of specific surgical information. It does tackle key symptoms, histories and examinations as well as brief explanations of the surgical approach to management. At this moment in time I cant say whether this is in depth enough to pass finals, I'll have to let you know.
I went cover-cover in one day so that might show it is clear and easy to read. Lots of large pictures/diagrams.
If you're a bit concered about surgery and want a bit of a refresh, I dont see the harm in reading this, but if you want detailed information then look elsewhere.
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!
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.