Oliver Pearce MB BS FRCS Specialist Registrar in Trauma, The John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford, UK
This book represents a review of all subjects with which you need to be effortlessly conversant in your postgraduate surgical exams in order to qualify from junior doctor to a specialist trainee.
It covers a full range of subjects, concisely written to aid the revision process and includes basic science, physiology, anatomy, examination techniques, operative surgery and clinical surgery topics. The latter two sections are further subdivided into their relevant surgical specialty for clarity and ease of learning: general surgery, orthopaedics, vascular surgery, ENT surgery, breast and endocrine surgery, and urology. The physiology section is further sub-divided into the following areas: respiratory, cardiac, renal, gastrointestinal, endocrine, and general.
The purpose of this book is to pull together the main subject areas to provide a coherent overview of the facts, as well as the principles, which examiners are looking for when deciding whether you have the requisite skills and knowledge to proceed further with your training in surgery as a specialist. It contains essential required information, which would otherwise take months to gather by reading a variety of textbooks, each one specifically aimed at its own specialist topic.
Particularly useful facets of this book are:
- The examination techniques chapter, which provides simple memorised systems for examination of the various body systems, explaining all the special tests in simple terms.
- The chapter on operative surgical techniques, which provides a clear and concise list of what to do from skin incision to closure for all the common surgical procedures across the specialties.
- The surface anatomy section, which provides a concise resource of the anatomical landmarks you are expected to know as part of your clinical examination.
There can be no doubt that having already come so far in your medical career, that through sheer hard work you are capable of passing your exams. But, the work required to pass postgraduate surgical exams must continue to be focused. This book offers that focus.