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Principles and Practice of Surgery

With STUDENT CONSULT Online Access

Principles and Practice of Surgery is the surgical companion textbook to the international medical bestseller Davidson’s Principles and Practice of Medicine. It is a comprehensive textbook for both the surgical student and trainee, guiding the reader through key core surgical topics which are encountered throughout an integrated medical curriculum as well as in subsequent clinical practice. Although sharing the same format and style as Davidson’s Principles and Practice of Medicine, this text is complete in itself, thus enabling the student to appreciate both the medical and surgical implications of diseases encountered in surgical wards.


Medical students, Foundation doctors, MRCS Candidates, Junior Surgical Trainees


Published: May 2012

Imprint: Churchill Livingstone

ISBN: 978-0-7020-5116-6


  • Section 1 Principles of perioperative care.

    1 Metabolic response to injury, fluid and electrolyte balance and shock

    2 Transfusion of blood components and plasma product

    3 Nutritional support in surgical patients

    4 Infections and antibiotics

    5 Ethics, pre-operative considerations, anaesthesia and analgesia

    6 Principles of the surgical management of cancer

    7 Trauma and multiple injury

    8 Practical procedures and patient investigation

    9 Post-operative care and complications

    10 Day surgery

    Section 2 Gastrointestinal surgery.

    11 The abdominal wall and hernia

    12 The acute abdomen and intestinal obstruction

    13 The oesophagus, stomach and duodenum

    14 The liver and biliary tract

    15 The pancreas and spleen

    16 The small and large intestine

    17 The anorectum

    Section 3 Surgical specialties.

    18 Plastic and reconstructive surgery

    19 The breast

    20 Endocrine surgery

    21 Vascular and endovascular surgery

    22 Cardiothoracic surgery

    23 Urological surgery

    24 Neurosurgery

    25 Transplantation surgery

    26 Ear, nose and throat surgery

    27 Orthopaedic surgery


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