Friday, July 07, 2006

Books for the Young Surgeon....
As the 1,046 new surgical interns start their residency locations some of them may be curious about what books they should buy. Many probably have some already, others may not have anything except the book from their third-year clerkship. The factor that will determine the size of your library more than anything is the size of your educational stipend. Some suggestions follow, the titles in italics are those I currently own, even in an older edition:
You will need a "all around" surgical textbook. The "big three" are Sabiston's Textbook of Surgery, Schwartz's Principles of Surgery, and Greenfield's Surgery: Scientific Principles and Practice . I primarily used the Greenfield book as a resident, and just purchased the fourth edition. Get one with a CD ROM or online updates. Since you only have six months before your first inservice exam quick review will be necessary. Either Essentials of General Surgery or Advanced Surgical Recall should suffice.
Other books you may find useful along the way:
With the emphasis on basic science, a basic science for surgeons book may be helpful. I used O'Leary's The Physiologic Basis of Surgery when I was a resident. A new edition of Basic Science Review for Surgeons is coming out in the fall.

As you move "up the food chain" these purchases my be helpful. You will need a surgical atlas, Zollinger's Atlas of Surgical Operations is the most popular. Also very useful is Cameron's Current Surgical Therapy . Other upper level general surgery books that I have found helpful have been; Mastery of Surgery and Maingot's Abdominal Operations (although in need of an update). Although not a book, a subscription to Selected Readings in General Surgery provides commentary on what's out there in the surgical literature.

Some specialty books you might like to have include:
Trauma and its accompanying handbook, the Trauma Manual. Another great trauma book is Top Knife: The Art & Craft in Trauma Surgery.
For more expansive coverage of critical care there are new editions of Shoemaker's Textbook of Critical Care as well as Civetta's Critical Care . Lighter, but still helpful, is the The ICU Book, with a new edition coming out this September.

For your vascular experience there is the massive Vascular Surgery by Rutherford and the smaller Current Therapy in Vascular Surgery.

Other books I found helpful were Ashcraft's Pediatric Surgery, Principles and Practices of Surgery for the Colon, Rectum and Anus, and if your book fund is really generous, The Breast : Comprehensive Management of Benign and Malignant Disorders.

And also, while not a book, the latest edition of SESAP provides many questions and answers.
I hope the list has been helpful. Enjoy your reading!
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