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Clinical Surgery: A Practical Guide

1st Edition

By Qassim Baker, Munther Aldoori

CRC Press

448 pages

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Clinical Surgery: A Practical Guide is a handbook for all trainees in surgery, providing an invaluable and expert guide to all aspects of clinical surgery that the trainee will encounter during their day to day work. General chapters on clinical examination, pre-operative, peri-operative and post-operative care are accompanied by expert guidance on how to deal with specific surgical problems, such as respiratory failure, wound healing, MRSA infection, tropical surgery and acute ischaemia. Further chapters provide invaluable information on topics including nutrition, anaesthsia, sutures and surgical incisions. The special problems associated with the surgical management of elderly patients are discussed, and the reader is introduced to the principles of surgical oncology and laparoscopic surgery.

With its concise and easy-to read layout, Clinical Surgery: A Practical Guide is written by a team of expert surgeons, some of whom are also examiners for the Royal College of Surgeons. It is an invaluable on-the-job guide for Foundation level doctors on surgical rotation, as well as for those studying for the MRCS, FRCS and equivalent examinations.


"Although one may think from the title that this should be an operating manual for surgical trainees, a quick look inside this 434 page book confirms that it is actually a guide to key aspects of surgical patient management. Furthermore, it is surprisingly easy to read and chock full of important and useful facts. Each chapter has a number of key points which are boxed and is followed by a summary, self test questions and references including suggestions for further reading."


"4 stars … a valued addition to the subject … well researched … excellent bibliographies throughout … concise and up to date … a well-written text suited for all peri-MRCS trainees and I highly recommend it."

Annals of the Royal College of Surgeons

"a very useful handbook-sized guide to the breadth of surgery-in-general … well-structured throughout, with good use of tables, illustrations and summaries"

Association of Surgeons in Training Yearbook, 2009-2010

Table of Contents

Preoperative care

Perioperative care

Postoperative care

Cardiovascular monitoring

Shock, blood transfusion and coagulation

Management of acute kidney injury in surgical patients

Respiratory failure and acid-base balance

Wound healing and the metabolic response to surgery

Systemic inflammatory response syndrome and sepsis

Management of intestinal fistulae and enteral and parenteral nutrition

Management of surgical jaundice

Upper gastrointestinal bleeding

Lower gastrointestinal bleeding

Management of severely injured patients

Management of abdominal trauma

Management of acute abdomen

Chronic critical limb ischaemia and the diabetic foot

Laparoscopic surgery

Management of surgery in obese patients

Management of surgery in elderly patients

Day surgery

Antimicrobial prophylaxis, meticillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus and Clostridium difficile-associated infection

Viral hepatitis and HIV infection in surgical practice

Medical therapy for surgical patients

Principles of surgical oncology

Sutures, surgical incisions and surgical anastomoses

Principles of anaesthesia

Surgical considerations in hydatid disease

Surgical considerations in schistosomiasis and filariasis

Surgical considerations in tuberculosis

Surgical considerations in typhoid

About the Authors

Qassim Baker, General and Breast Surgeon, Tameside General Hospital, UK; previously Consultant Surgeon, Baghdad Teaching Hospital and Assistant Professor, Dept. of Surgery, Baghdad College of Medicine and Examiner in surgery for Iraqi Committee for Medical Specializations

Munther Aldoori, Consultant General and Vascular Surgeon, Huddersfield Royal Infirmary; Senior Clinical Lecturer, University of Leeds; Examiner for MRCS and FRCS since 1990

Foreword by Professor Sir Alfred Cuschieri.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MEDICAL / General
MEDICAL / Surgery / General