Essentials of General Surgery / Edition 5

Paperback (Print)
Rent from
(Save 75%)
Est. Return Date: 07/21/2015
Buy New
Buy New from
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $37.80
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 48%)
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (14) from $37.80   
  • New (11) from $42.95   
  • Used (3) from $37.80   


For nearly 25 years, medical students and faculty alike have chosen Essentials of General Surgery and its companion textbook, Essentials of Surgical Specialties, for authoritative coverage of surgical information that every physician in training should know. The Fifth Edition incorporates current research from the field; new sample questions, answers, and rationales; and new tables and algorithms. A new art program presents concepts and images—including an Appendix with 50 burn images—in full color for optimal learning and retention.  

Why is this textbook so popular? 

- With its overview of anatomy, physiology, and coverage of pertinent complications for each case, the text prepares students for the NBME shelf exam for surgery, as well as residency training.

- The authors—all of whom are practicing surgeons—carefully manage the depth and breadth of content so that each section can be reasonably read and thoroughly understood by third- and fourth-year students.

- Organized by systems, the text features a closing section on surgical procedures to orient students to some of the most common cases seen on a general surgery rotation.

 With your purchase of the text, you’ll receive access to:

Interactive question bank with answer explanations

·       Fully searchable eBook

·       Bonus chapters on ethics and surgical procedures

·       Image Bank

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

Highly illustrated and extensively revised, this long-awaited third edition provides the most current and up-to-date information on general surgery. It follows the need-to-know information and objectives relating to specific diseases and areas of surgery that the Association of Surgical Educators has deemed essential for all physicians. New features to this edition include multiple choice questions that afford the reader an opportunity to prepare for the USMLE Step 2. Case Studies are presented in each chapter to help students better assimilate the material. An atlas provides detailed images of surgical procedures and disease states.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

Michael W. Mulholland
This is a soft cover, easily portable, relatively inexpensive textbook on the field of general surgery. The book is organized around traditional surgical topics. A number of multiple choice self-examination questions and an abbreviated atlas of general surgery procedures are also included. The text has been quite popular with medical students and is currently in the third edition. This textbook was created because of the explicit recognition that medical student instruction in surgery has become truncated over the past decade. Students spend six to eight weeks in surgical clerkships in their junior year in most American medical schools, a time period much shorter than in prior decades. The editor postulates that an in depth understanding of general surgery procedures is not possible in this time period, and has sought to create a text that provides essential information for medical students not planning a surgical career. In addition, the text is designed to serve as a study guide in preparation for multiple choice examinations usually accompanying the end of the surgical clerkship. An abbreviated surgical atlas, found at the end of the text, can help to prepare the students, after two or three minutes of reading, for common surgical procedures that they will be witnessing. The atlas also provides information useful for all beginning physicians, including the proper way to conduct a sterile scrub, to don a surgical gown, and to prepare and drape a sterile field. This book is explicitly directed at medical students who are not anticipating a surgical career. Because the book is quite brief in the treatment of most important surgical diseases and therefore superficial, it is notappropriate for medical students planning surgical careers or for surgical housestaff or practicing surgeons. The level of sophistication in the text is not sufficient for these latter groups. This book is organized in a traditional manner, with beginning chapters dealing with broad surgical topics followed by organ-specific topics. Two novel and very useful chapters for medical students include ""How to survive and excel in a surgical clerkship"" and ""Ethical issues in surgical practice."" The accompanying multiple choice examination questions provide useful reinforcement for the material presented in the chapters. The mini-atlas of surgical procedures, techniques, and skills which conclude the text can provide a beginning medical student with a simplified understanding of surgical procedures and orient students in a relatively efficient manner for procedures they are about to witness. Most chapters contain tabular representation of important information and most also contain appropriate treatment algorithms. The reproduction quality of radiographs is moderate, due to the quality of the paper stock, and useful information is obscured in perhaps one of four. The coverage of general surgical topics is very simplified, without room for subtlety or nuance. This superficiality is a problem to surgical educators intent upon recruiting talented medical students to careers in surgery. Nonetheless, the first and second editions of this text have been enormously popular with medical students not intending to enter surgical fields. For every medical student toting around one of the larger hardbound surgical tomes there are ten with this softbound volume stashed in a backpack. With the majority of the medical students not pursuing surgical careers (currently about 85% of medical school classes), this third edition book is a useful reference.
Positioning itself as a learning tool for medical students who are not necessarily planning a surgical career, this volume covers the material deemed most important to general surgery by the Association for Surgical Education. The text's 26 contributed chapters cover regions of the body, techniques, and important issues in general surgery. Includes various forms of test questions with correct answers provided. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: Bruce E Jarrell, MD (University of Maryland School of Medicine)
Description: This is the fourth edition of a well known textbook designed for students during their third year of medical student rotation.
Purpose: The original purpose of this book was to provide a consistent description of important surgical principles and concepts that all medical students should know.
Audience: Third year medical students on a surgery clerkship are the intended readers.
Features: Each of the 26 chapters begins with a set of objectives that have been identified by the authors. The chapter then has a description of the disease and surgical treatment. Appropriate photographs, radiographs, and tables are included in the chapter followed by a summary about this disease and suggested readings with attached references.
Assessment: This book clearly accomplishes its goal of being a comprehensive text for medical students while in their third year clerkship. It is written by surgeons who teach and practice surgical care on a daily basis. It covers fundamental information that can be used by students throughout their careers. The length of each chapter has been controlled so that a student would be able to read the entire text while on the clerkship and it is written to appeal to all students regardless of their interest in surgery as a career. The book is engaging in its style and presentation. The fourth edition clearly perpetuates the tradition of a student-oriented publication and will continue to be one of the standards used by medical schools in teaching students the art of surgery.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780781784955
  • Publisher: Lww
  • Publication date: 10/5/2012
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 608
  • Sales rank: 181,132
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 3.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Ch. 1 How to survive (and excel!) in a surgery clerkship 1
Ch. 2 Perioperative management of surgical patients 11
Ch. 3 Fluids, electrolytes, and acid-base balance 43
Ch. 4 Nutrition 67
Ch. 5 Surgical bleeding and blood replacement 91
Ch. 6 Shock 103
Ch. 7 Surgical critical care 121
Ch. 8 Wounds and wound healing 147
Ch. 9 Surgical infections 163
Ch. 10 Trauma 181
Ch. 11 Burns 209
Ch. 12 Abdominal wall, including hernia 225
Ch. 13 Esophagus 239
Ch. 14 Stomach and duodenum 255
Ch. 15 Small intestine and appendix 283
Ch. 16 Colon, rectum, and anus 305
Ch. 17 Biliary tract 335
Ch. 18 Pancreas 353
Ch. 19 Liver 367
Ch. 20 Breast 385
Ch. 21 Surgical endocrinology 399
Thyroid gland
Parathyroid glands
Adrenal glands
Multiple endocrine neoplasia syndrome
Ch. 22 Spleen 427
Ch. 23 Diseases of the vascular system 441
Ch. 24 Transplantation 471
Ch. 25 Surgical oncology : malignant diseases of the skin, the lymphatics, and soft tissue 491
Ch. 26 Surgical procedures, techniques, and skills 519
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)