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27th Edition

Bailey & Love's Short Practice of Surgery, 27th Edition

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ISBN 9781498796507
Published March 21, 2018 by CRC Press
1632 Pages 1753 Color & 733 B/W Illustrations

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Bailey & Love is the world famous textbook of surgery. Its comprehensive coverage includes the scientific basis of surgical practice, investigation, diagnosis, and pre-operative care. Trauma and Orthopaedics are included, as are the subspecialties of plastic and reconstructive, head and neck, cardiothoracic and vascular, abdominal and genitourinary surgery. The user-friendly format includes photographs, line diagrams, learning objectives, summary boxes, biographical footnotes, memorable anecdotes and full-colour page design. This book's reputation for unambiguous advice make it the first point of reference for student and practising surgeons worldwide.

Table of Contents

PART ONE: BASIC PRINCIPLES: The Science of Surgery

  1. Metabolic response to injury 
  2. Kenneth Fearon

  3. Shock and blood transfusion
  4. Karim Brohi

  5. Wounds, healing, tissue repair
  6. Michael Earley 

  7. Tissue engineering and regeneration
  8. Andrew McCaskie & Andrew Bradley

  9. Surgical infection
  10. Peter Lamont

  11. Tropical infections and infestations
  12. Pradip Datta, Pawanindra Lal & Sanjay De Bakshi

  13. Basic surgical skills and anastomoses
  14. Mark Coleman

  15. Principles of laparoscopic and robotic surgery
  16. Hutan Ashrafian, Sanjay Purkayastha & Ara Darzi

  17. Principles of paediatric surgery
  18. Tony Lander

  19. Principles of oncology
  20. Robert JC Steele & Alastair J Munro

  21. Surgical audit
  22. Jonothan Earnshaw & Birgit Whitman

  23. Surgical ethics and law
  24. Robert Wheeler

  25. Patient safety and human factors and quality improvement
  26. Frank Keane & Ken Mealy


  27. Diagnostic imaging 
  28. Matthew Matson, Muaaze Ahmad & Niall Power

  29. Gastrointestinal endoscopy
  30. James Lindsay & Philip Woodland

  31. Tissue and Molecular diagnosis 
  32. Roger Feakins


  33. Pre-operative preparation and treatment of the High-Risk Surgical Patient 
  34. Medha Vanarese, Pierre Foex & Anand Sardesai

  35. Anaesthesia and pain relief
  36. Vivek Mehta & Serene Chang

  37. Nutrition and fluid therapy 
  38. John MacFie

  39. Postoperative care
  40. Anand Sardesai & Fay Gilder

  41. Day case surgery
  42. Douglas McWhinnie & Ian Jackson


  43. Introduction to trauma 
  44. Bob Handley & Peter Giannoudis

  45. Early assessment and management of trauma
  46. Chris Moran & Dan Deakin

  47. Traumatic Brain Injury
  48. Harry Bulstrode & Tony Belli

  49. Neck and spine
  50. John Crawford & Douglas Hay

  51. Maxillofacial trauma
  52. David Koppel

  53. Torso trauma 
  54. Ken Boffard & Elias Degiannis

  55. Extremity trauma
  56. Lee Van Rensburg

  57. Disaster surgery
  58. Mamoon Rashid

  59. Conflict Surgery
  60. Jonathan Clasper and Phill Pearce


  61. History taking and clinical examination in musculoskeletal disease
  62. Stephen McDonnell & Hemant G. Pandit

  63. Sports medicine and sports injuries
  64. Gina Allen

  65. The spine
  66. Brian Freeman & Chris Lavy

  67. Upper limb
  68. David Limb & Sam Vollans

  69. Hip and knee
  70. Vikas Khanduja & Wasim Khan

  71. Foot and ankle
  72. Bob Sharpe

  73. Musculoskeletal tumours
  74. Paul Cool & Craig Gerrand

  75. Infection of the bones and joints
  76. Martin McNally & Philippa Matthews

  77. Paediatric orthopaedics
  78. Deborah Eastwood


  79. Skin and subcutaneous tissue
  80. Christopher Chan & Adam Greenbaum

  81. Burns
  82. Michael Tyler & Sudip Ghosh

  83. Plastic and reconstructive surgery
  84. Tim Goodacre


  85. Cranial Neurosurgery
  86. Harry Bulstrode & Liam Gray

  87. The eye and orbit
  88. Keith Martin

  89. Cleft lip and palate: developmental abnormalities of the face, mouth and jaws
  90. David Koppel

  91. The ear, nose and sinuses
  92. Iain J. Nixon, Iain Hathorn & Alex Bennett

  93. Pharynx, larynx and neck
  94. Terry M. Jones

  95. Oral Cavity Cancer
  96. Andrew Schache

  97. Disorders of the salivary glands
  98. Mark McGurk & Leandros Vassiliou


  99. The thyroid glands
  100. Iain J. Nixon & Richard Adamson

  101. The parathyroid glands
  102. Ruth Prichard

  103. The adrenal glands and other abdominal endocrine disorders
  104. Tom W.J. Lennard

  105. The breast
  106. Richard C. Sainsbury 


  107. Cardiac surgery
  108. Jonathan R. Anderson & Mustafa Zakkar

  109. The thorax
  110. Carol Tan & Ian Hunt


  111. Arterial disorders
  112. Robert Sayers & Robert Davies

  113. Venous disorders
  114. Ian Chetter & Daniel Carradice

  115. Lymphatic disorders
  116. Shervanthi Homer-Vanniasinkam, Gnaneswar Atturu & David Russell


  117. History and examination of the abdomen
  118. Ronan O'Connell

  119. Abdominal wall, hernia and umbilicus
  120. Bruce Tulloh & Stephen J Nixon

  121. The peritoneum, omentum, mesentery and retroperitoneal space
  122. Charles Knowles

  123. The oesophagus
  124. Derek Alderson 

  125. Stomach and duodenum
  126. Timothy Underwood & John N Primrose

  127. Bariatric surgery 
  128. Richard Welbourn 

  129. The liver
  130. Graeme Poston & Rob Jones

  131. The spleen
  132. O. James Garden

  133. The gall bladder and bile ducts
  134. Kevin Conlon

  135. The pancreas
  136. Satyajit Bhattacharya

  137. The small intestines
  138. Gordon Carlson & Matt Soop

  139. The large intestines
  140. Gordon Carlson & Jonathan Epstein

  141. Intestinal obstruction
  142. Jim Hill

  143. The vermiform appendix
  144. Jurgen Mulsow

  145. The rectum
  146. David Jayne & Hiba Fatayer

  147. The anus and anal canal
  148. Karen Nugent 


  149. Urinary symptoms and investigations
  150. Kilian Mellon

  151. The kidney and ureters
  152. Kilian Mellon

  153. The urinary bladder
  154. Freddie Hamdy

  155. The prostate and seminal vesicles
  156. David E. Neal & Greg Shaw

  157. Urethra and penis
  158. Ian Eardley

  159. Testis and scrotum
  160. Ian Eardley

  161. Gynaecology
  162. Monica Mittal, Prasanna Raj Supramaniam, & Christian Malti Becker


  163. Transplantation

J. Andrew Bradley

Appendix 1: Common Instruments used in general surgery

Pradip K. Datta

Appendix 2: Basic Aspects in Theatre Design and Sterilisation

Alan Norrish

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Professor Sir Norman Williams, MS FRCS FMedSci FRCP FRCP(Ed) FRCA FDS(Hon) FACS(Hon) FRCS(I)(Hon) FRCS(Ed)(Hon) Senior Clinical Advisor to the Secretary of State for Health, Past President, The Royal College of Surgeons of England 2011–2014, Emeritus Professor of Surgery, Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, Queen Mary University of London, London, UK.

Professor Sir Norman Williams was until recently Professor of Surgery at Barts and The London, Queen Mary’s School of Medicine and Dentistry and Director of the National Centre for Bowel Research and Surgical Innovation (1986-2016) and retains the title of Emeritus Professor of Surgery. He trained in London, Bristol, Leeds and Los Angeles His main clinical interests have been sphincter preservation and reconstructive colorectal surgery, and his scientific interests concentrated on GI motility and anorectal physiology. He is now the Senior Clinical Advisor to the Secretary of State for Health and on the Board of St George’s NHS Foundation Trust Hospital.

He has been President of the Society of Academic & Research Surgery, President of The Ileostomy & Internal Pouch Support Group, Chairman of the UKCCCR committee on Colorectal Cancer, President of European Digestive Surgery, President of The International Surgical Group and Vice Chairman of The British Journal of Surgery. He was on the Council of the Royal College of Surgeons of England from 2005 and became President in 2011-14.

Professor Williams is co-author of Surgery of the Anus, Rectum and Colon and was a founding trustee and Chairman of Bowel & Cancer Research and is now the President of this charity. He has been joint editor of Bailey and Love’s Short Practice of Surgery since the 22nd Edition. He was knighted for services to surgery in 2015.

Professor P. Ronan O’Connell, MD FRCS(I) FRCPS(Glas) FRCS(Ed) Head of Section of Surgery and Surgical Specialties, University College Dublin, St Vincent’s University Hospital, Dublin, Ireland

Professor P. Ronan O’Connell is Head of Surgical Specialties at the UCD School of Medicine, Dublin Ireland and Consultant Surgeon at St Vincent’s University Hospital Dublin, Ireland. He graduated from Trinity College Dublin in 1979 and trained as general surgeon with sub-specialty interest in Coloproctology. Having completed a fellowship in colon and rectal surgery at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester MN, USA, he spent time as a Senior Lecturer with Professor Sir Norman Williams at the Royal London Hospital. He was appointed consultant surgeon at the Mater Misericordiae Hospital Dublin in 1990 where he served until his current appointment in 2007.

Professor O’Connell has served as an editor of the British Journal of Surgery and associate editor of Diseases of the Colon and Rectum. He has been editor in chief for the European Surgical Association and joint editor of Bailey and Love’s Short Practice of Surgery for the 25th, 26th and now 27th editions, having contributed chapters to the 23rd and 24th editions. Apart from his editing, Prof O’Connell is widely published in the areas of IBD, colorectal cancer and pelvic floor physiology. He is a Council member of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and holds ad hominum fellowships of the Glasgow and Edinburgh Royal Colleges. He is a past President of the European Society of Coloproctology and honorary fellow of the American Surgical Association and the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons.

Professor Andrew W. McCaskie, MMus MD FRCS FRCS (T&O) Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and Head of Department of Surgery, University of Cambridge, Honorary Consultant, Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Cambridge, UK

Professor Andrew McCaskie is Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and Head of Department of Surgery at the University of Cambridge. He trained in Leeds, Leicester and Newcastle upon Tyne, where he was Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery until moving to Cambridge in 2013. His clinical interest is the lower limb, and particularly the treatment of osteoarthritis, seeking to develop repair and regenerative therapies at early stages of disease. He is the Director of the Arthritis Research UK Tissue Engineering Centre which brings together UK clinicians, engineers and biologists to develop stem and stromal cell therapy for early osteoarthritis.

He has been the President of the British Orthopaedic Research Society, member of the Council of Management of The British Editorial Society of Bone and Joint Surgery, and member of Council of the British Orthopaedic Association. He is currently the Director of the Academic Foundation Programme in Cambridge and is widely published, including papers in The Lancet and Nature Genetics.


This book simply smacks of class; I have had the privilege of reviewing the hardback edition which is a robust and physically heavy book.  This is a powerful heavyweight textbook that seems to cover most surgical specialties and is suitable for a global audience. Even better, its appeal is widespread throughout various sectors of the medical and surgical community. If you are a practicing physician and just need one surgical textbook as a reference source for your personal or departmental library, this excellent book could fit the bill. It is also very useful for the undergraduate or postgraduate medic no matter where you are in the world. So it is very adaptable to a number of end users.
Dr Harry Brown, Glycosmedia, May 2018, Full review:

This is a high-quality book on an international level that provides significant additional illustrations and discussion of problems encountered. It is thus a highly valuable resource for students, residents, and surgeons who will be practicing outside the U.S. (or doing surgical volunteerism). There is nothing comparable to the Bailey textbooks. This 27th edition nicely updates and enhances information from the 26th edition, while remaining true to the purpose of the original.
Carol Scott-Conner, MD, PhD, MBA (University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics)