5th Edition

Essential Surgical Practice
Higher Surgical Training in General Surgery, Fifth Edition

  • VitalSource eBook access code and instructions will be provided within the print book.
ISBN 9781444137606
Published January 20, 2015 by CRC Press
1080 Pages

USD $315.00

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Book Description

Significant changes in surgical training have occurred over the past decade, with the inevitable progress towards specialization in the various surgical specialties. The current edition of Essential Surgical Practice: Higher Surgical Training in General Surgery reflects these latest developments with a new structure that accurately mirrors current surgical training. This new edition excludes surgical specialties that are distinct from general surgery, allowing an increased focus on topics of direct relevance to trainees in higher surgical training.

Over 31 chapters, the book provides detailed information on those specialties of which the general surgeon is required to have a working knowledge, and highlights core information for revision and quick reference. Topics include:

  • Surgical biology and pathology
  • Surgical craft approaches and technologies
  • Perioperative care
  • Cardiovascular, pulmonary and renal pathophysiology
  • Surgical infections
  • Interventional radiology
  • Trauma and head injuries
  • Disorders of the thyroid and adrenal glands
  • Disorders of the stomach, liver, spleen, colon and pancreas
  • Bariatric surgery


This book can be used with confidence by those enrolled in local courses and is also consistent with the scope and level of information required for international postgraduate examinations, such as the Joint Surgical Colleges’ Fellowship Examination. To enhance the book’s utility, the print edition includes complimentary access to a VitalSource ebook online and offline on your PC or Mac, iPhone®/iPod Touch®/ iPad®, Kindle Fire or Android™ device.

Table of Contents


Surgical Biology and Pathology
Sir Alfred Cuschieri

Surgical Craft Approaches and Technologies
Sir Alfred Cuschieri

Risk Assessment and Prognostic Indices in Surgery
Omar Faiz

Care of the Patient in the Perioperative Period
Helgi Johannsson and Vafa Mansoubi

Patient-Reported Outcomes to Evaluate Surgery
Jane M. Blazeby

Intensive and High Dependency Care
Arup Chakraborty, Nicolas Price and Martin Stotz

Anaemia, Hypovolaemia and Oedema
Sir Alfred Cuschieri

Cardiovascular Pathophysiology
P. George, J. George and Allan D. Struthers

Pulmonary Insufficiency
Elizabeth Starren, William Oldfield and Onn Min Kon

Renal Insufficiency
Neill Duncan and R.W. Corbett

Surgical Infections and Infestations
Sir Alfred Cuschieri

Surgical Nutrition
Sir Alfred Cuschieri

Interventional Radiology in General Surgery
Mohamad S. Hamady

Trauma and the Injured Patient
Leslie Kobayashi, Raul Coimbra and David Hoyt

Head Injuries: Pathophysiology and Management
Sam Eljamel


Disorders of the Skin and Soft Tissues
Sir Alfred Cuschieri

Disorders of the Breast
Alistair M. Thompson, Stacy L. Moulder-Thompson, Andrew Evans and John A. Dewar

Disorders of the Thyroid Gland
S.P. Balasubramanian and David Smith

Disorders of the Parathyroid Gland
Paul R. Maddox

Disorders of the Adrenal Glands
G.P. Sadler

Disorders of the Abdominal Wall, Peritoneal Cavity and Retroperitoneum
Sir Alfred Cuschieri

Disorders of the Oesophagus
George B. Hanna, Sami M. Shimi and Sir Alfred Cuschieri

Disorders of the Stomach and Duodenum
Sir Alfred Cuschieri and George B. Hanna

Disorders of the Liver
Francesco M. Polignano, John F. Dillon, Ian A. Zealley, Aaron J. Quyn, Aileen Smith and Sir Alfred Cuschieri             

Disorders of the Biliary Tract
Sir Alfred Cuschieri

Disorders of the Spleen and Lymph Nodes
Sir Alfred Cuschieri

Disorders of the Pancreas
Sir Alfred Cuschieri and Abdool Rahim Moossa

Bariatric Surgery
Ahmed R. Ahmed and Carel L.G. Roux

Disorders of the Small Intestine and Vermiform Appendix
Sir Alfred Cuschieri

Disorders of the Colon and Rectum
Paris Tekkis, Panagiotis Georgiou, Edward Fitzgerald and Emil Tan

Disorders of the Anal Canal
Ken Campbell

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Edited by:

Professor Sir Alfred Cuschieri, Institute of Medical Science and Technology, Universities of Dundee, UK

Professor George B. Hanna, Professor of Surgical Sciences, Department of Surgery & Cancer, Imperial College London, UK


"… a very well presented, high-quality book…The format of this book, with its smaller sections and topical headings, makes it less dry and kept me not only awake, but interested."
—Alice Marie Fagin, MD, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Doody’s Book Reviews

Praise for the Previous Edition

"I have little doubt it will remain a popular reference book, and rightly so. The text is comprehensive yet succinct, and is laid out in a style that permits relatively easy and focused reading."
—British Journal of Surgery