Basic Science for the MRCS - 3rd Edition - ISBN: 9780702069093, 9780702069079

Basic Science for the MRCS

3rd Edition

A revision guide for surgical trainees

Authors: Andrew Raftery Michael Delbridge Helen Douglas
eBook ISBN: 9780702069079
eBook ISBN: 9780702069086
Paperback ISBN: 9780702069093
Imprint: Elsevier
Published Date: 27th July 2017
Page Count: 536

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Table of Contents

I Anatomy

  • The thorax
  • The abdomen, pelvis and perineum
  • The upper limb and breast
  • The lower limb
  • The head, neck and spine
  • The nervous system

II Physiology

  • General physiology
  • Respiratory system
  • Cardiovascular system
  • Gastrointestinal system
  • Genitourinary system
  • Endocrine system
  • Nervous and locomotor systems

III Pathology

  • Cellular injury
  • Disorders of growth, morphogenesis and differentiation
  • Inflammation
  • Thrombosis, embolism, infarction
  • Neoplasia
  • Immunology
  • Haemopoietic and lymphoreticular system
  • Basic microbiology
  • Systems specific pathology


This is a concise revision guide to the core basic sciences for all surgical trainees preparing for Part A of the Intercollegiate MRCS examination. Covering anatomy, physiology and pathology 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 as well as proving useful for those in higher surgical training and for the surgically-inclined, well-motivated student.

Key Features

  • The book covers in one volume all the essentials of the basic sciences – anatomy, physiology and pathology - to aid the candidate for the MRCS examination.
  • In covering the applied basic science the books explains the application and clinical relevance of the three sciences.
  • The text is written in an appropriate ‘bullet-point’ style to allow easy reading rapid exam preparation.
  • The contents concentrate on the recurring common themes of the examination, thus helping direct appropriate learning and focussing on the specific important areas of knowledge.
  • The book is illustrated with clear line drawings which are clearly annotated to aid learning.


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About the Authors

Andrew Raftery Author

Affiliations and Expertise

Clinical Anatomist; Formerly Consultant Surgeon, Sheffield Kidney Institute, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Northern General Hospital, Sheffield; Member (formerly Chairman), Court of Examiners, Royal College of Surgeons of England; Formerly Member of Panel of Examiners, Intercollegiate Specialty Board in General Surgery; Formerly Member of Council, Royal College of Surgeons of England; Formerly Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer in Surgery, University of Sheffield, UK

Michael Delbridge Author

Affiliations and Expertise

Consultant Vascular & Endovascular Surgeon, The Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, Norwich, UK

Helen Douglas Author

Affiliations and Expertise

Specialist Trainee in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Yorkshire and Humber Deanery, UK