There is no better way to learn about surgical topics than to read about the diseases and problems that you see in the clinic, hospital ward, emergency room and operating room.
Peter Lawrence’s paperback textbook, Essentials of General Surgery (published by Williams & Wilkins) is a popular, easy to read surgical text that is commonly used by Junior surgical clerkships throughout the country. It costs $52.95.
Gerald Dougherty’s paperback textbook, Current Surgical Diagnosis and Treatment (published by Lange) provides a concise summary of common surgical diseases. It, along with Lawrence’s textbook, are the two most common resources for medical students during their clerkships. Dougherty’s textbook costs $66.95.
William Silen’s paperback, Cope’s The Early Diagnosis of the Acute Abdomen (published by Oxford University Press) is a medical classic. It is relatively short and inexpensive ($39.95). This important book best describes the clinical presentation and differential diagnosis of acute abdominal diseases. It is a must read if you will ever see a patient with an acute abdomen condition.
Since surgical patients often have significant medical diseases, you should probably own a copy of The Washington Manual. This pocket guide provides a quick review of most common medical diseases and conditions.
There are three principal surgical textbooks:
- Sabiston’s Textbook of Surgery, edited by Townsend et. al. (published by Elsevier)
- Schwarz’s Principles of Surgery, edited by Brunicardi et. al. (published by McGraw-Hill)
- Greenfield’s Surgery – Scientific Principles and Practice, edited by Mulholland et. al. (published by Wolters Kluwer)
These standard surgical reference texts are available in the Campbell library. These books provide the in-depth knowledge about various surgical diseases. They are best used by copying and reading a section or a chapter. You can ask Ms. Weber to copy a chapter or two for you but please don’t take the books from the library.