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Basic Science for the MRCS

A revision guide for surgical trainees

This book is a concise revision guide to the core basic sciences - anatomy, physiology and pathology - which comprise the essential knowledge required by the trainee entering the specialty of surgery. It has been written in a style to facilitate easy learning of the essential facts, with indications of both their clinical relevance and importance. This book concentrates on those topics which tend to be recurring examination themes for initial surgical training. It will be an invaluable resource for the basic surgical trainee studying for the Intercollegiate MRCS examination, as well as proving useful for those in higher surgical training and for the surgically inclined, well-motivated student.

MRCS candidates

Paperback, 520 Pages

Published: February 2012

Imprint: Churchill Livingstone

ISBN: 978-0-7020-4483-0


  • "It succeeds in fulfilling its objective as a rapid revision of the basic sciences for the intercollegiate MRCS and is highly recommended to candidates for this diploma. It also provides an excellent review of the basic sciences for those in higher surgical training."

    Annals of the Royal College of Surgeons of England


  • I Anatomy

    1 The thorax

    2 The abdomen, pelvis, and perineum

    3 The upper limb and breast

    4 The lower limb

    5 The head, neck, and spine

    6 The nervous system

    II Physiology

    7 General physiology

    8 Respiratory system

    9 Cardiovascular system

    10 Gastrointestinal system

    11 Urinary system

    12 Endocrine system

    13 Nervous and locomotor systems

    III Pathology

    14 Cellular injury

    15 Disorders of growth, morphogenesis, and differentiation

    16 Inflammation

    17 Thrombosis, embolism and infarction

    18 Neoplasia

    19 Immunology

    20 Haemopoietic and lymphoreticular system

    21 Basic microbiology

    22 System-specific pathology

    IV Appendix      OSCE scenario answers


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