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Bailey & Love's Short Practice of Surgery 26E

26th Edition

Edited by Norman Williams, P Ronan O'Connell

© 2013 – CRC Press

1,530 pages | 1000 Color Illus. | 660 B/W Illus.

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Highly Commended, BMA Medical Book Awards 2014

Bailey & Love's Short Practice of Surgery remains one of the world's pre-eminent medical textbooks, beloved by generations of surgeons, with lifetime sales in excess of one million copies. Under the guidance of the eminent editors, the expert team of contributors have revised and updated the material throughout while retaining those features praised in previous editions.

The content is sub-divided into parts for ease of reference. Sections devoted to the underlying principles of surgical practice, investigation and diagnosis, and pre-operative care are followed by chapters covering all aspects of surgical trauma. The remainder of the book considers each of the surgical specialties in turn, from elective orthopaedics through skin, head, and neck, breast and endocrine, cardiothoracic and vascular, abdominal and genitourinary to transplantation.

Key features:

  • Authoritative — emphasises the importance of effective clinical examination and soundly based surgical principles while taking account throughout of the latest developments in surgical practice
  • Current — text and illustrations fully revised with brand new chapters on patient safety, day care surgery (outpatient), and bariatric surgery
  • Readable — preserves the clear, direct writing style, uncluttered by technical jargon, that has proved so popular in previous editions
  • User-friendly — numerous photographs, explanatory line diagrams, learning objectives, summary boxes, biographical footnotes and memorable anecdotes support and enhance the textual descriptions

This 26th edition retains a wide appeal among all those studying surgery, from undergraduate medical students to those in preparation for their postgraduate surgical examinations. In addition, its high standing and reputation for unambiguous advice continue to make it the first point of reference for many practising surgeons.


"… superb new edition … has a thoroughly modem feel. Each chapter is written by recognised experts in the field, and the writing is clear and well structured. … well illustrated with radiographs, coloured line diagrams and photographs. … In short, this book encapsulates in one volume all that is required for a trainee surgeon approaching an examination in surgery in general and for a general surgeon whose practice crosses subspecialty boundaries."

—Royal College of Surgeons England

" … extremely good and easy to read … covers a huge amount of content, includes many cutting edge details that clinicians are currently using. This book is well-presented with many good diagrams and clinical pictures. Highly Commended."

—2014 BMA Medical Book Awards

"It is a modern, fresh and a well illustrated book that has not forgotten its illustrious roots and basic principles but is very much a 21st century textbook … It certainly deserves to be used regularly, simply because of its huge depth, excellent coverage and ample colour illustrations."


"…it represents a one-stop surgical reference book which should answer the vast majority of queries and issues… Overall this is a strong offering, maintaining the excellent tradition of a well established textbook which is modern, relevant and very useful."

—Harry Brown, MD, in Doody’s Review Service

"This book can be strongly recommended for the clarity of its presentation and the high quality of its illustrations."

—David J. Dries, MD, University of Minnesota Medical School for Doody's Review Service

"From opening the first page I knew I would not be disappointed… an ideal book for any novice who would wish to get an understanding of what surgery entails. It would also be a book that any trainee or practising surgeon would get pleasure from reading …[it is] a classic that has been edited with great skill and respect."

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Table of Contents


Metabolic Response to Injury

Shock and Blood Transfusion

Wounds, Tissue Repair and Scars

Surgical Infection

Surgery in the Tropics

Principles of Paediatric Surgery

Principles of Oncology

Surgical Audit and Clinical Research


Patient Safety

Investigation and Diagnosis

Diagnostic Imaging

Gastrointestinal Endoscopy

Tissue Diagnosis

Perioperative Care

Pre-Operative Preparation

Anaesthesia and Pain Relief

Care in the Operating Room

Perioperative Management of the High-Risk Surgical Patient

Nutrition and Fluid Therapy

Basic Surgical Skills and Anastomoses

Principles of Laparoscopic and Robotic Surgery

Postoperative Care

Daycare Surgery


Introduction to Trauma

Early Assessment and Management of Trauma

Emergency Neurosurgery

Neck and Spine

Maxillofacial Trauma

Torso Trauma

Extremity Trauma


Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Disaster Surgery

Elective Orthopaedics

History Taking and Clinical Examination in Musculoskeletal Disease

Sports Medicine and Sports Injuries

The Spine

Upper Limb

Hip and Knee

Foot and Ankle

Muskuloskeletal Tumours

Infection of the Bones and Joints

Paediatric Orthopaedics

Skin and Subcutaneous Tissue

Skin and Subcutaneous Tissue

Head and Neck

Elective Neurosurgery

The Eye and Orbit

Cleft Lip and Palate, and Other Developmental Abnormalities

The Nose and Sinuses

The Ear

Pharynx, Larynx and Neck

Oropharyngeal Cancer

Disorders of the Salivary Glands

Breast and Endocrine

Thyroid and Parathyroid

Adrenal and Other Endocrine Disorders

The Breast


Cardiac Surgery

The Thorax


Arterial Disorders

Venous Disorders

Lymphatic Disorders


History and Examination of the Abdomen

The Abdominal Wall and Hernias

The Peritoneum, Omentum, Mesentery and Retroperitoneal Space

The Oesophagus

Stomach and Duodenum

Bariatric Surgery

The Liver

The Spleen

The Gall Bladder and Bile Ducts

The Pancreas

The Small and Large Intestines

Intestinal Obstruction

The Vermiform Appendix

The Rectum

The Anus and Anal Canal


Urinary Symptoms and Investigations

The Kidney and Ureters

The Urinary Bladder

The Prostate and Seminal Vesicles

The Urethra and Penis

Testis and Scrotum




About the Editors

Norman S. Williams MS FRCS, Prof. of Surgery and Director of the Centre for Academic Surgery at Barts and The London, Queen Mary's School of Medicine and Dentistry, London, UK. Was knighted in the 2015 New Year’s Honours List.

Christopher J.K. Bulstrode MCh FRCS(Orth), Professor and Honorary Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Nuffield Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Oxford, UK

P. Ronan O'Connell MD FRCSI FRCS(Glasg), Consultant General and Colorectal Surgeon, Mater Private Hospital, Dublin, Ireland

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MEDICAL / Surgery / General