Bailey & Love's Short Practice of Surgery, 27th Edition

Bailey & Love's Short Practice of Surgery, 27th Edition

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Bailey & Love is the world famous textbook of surgery. Its comprehensive coverage includes the scientific basis of surgical practice, investigation, diagnosis, and pre-operative care. Trauma and Orthopaedics are included, as are the subspecialties of plastic and reconstructive, head and neck, cardiothoracic and vascular, abdominal and genitourinary surgery. The user-friendly format includes photographs, line diagrams, learning objectives, summary boxes, biographical footnotes, memorable anecdotes and full-colour page design. This book's reputation for unambiguous advice make it the first point of reference for student and practising surgeons worldwide.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 1612 pages
  • 216 x 279 x 69.85mm | 4,241g
  • CRC Press
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • 27th New edition
  • 100 new rough line artworks and 300 new black & white and color photographs; 629 Line drawings, color; 1124 Halftones, color; 733 Halftones, black and white; 324 Tables, color; 1753 Illustrations, color; 733 Illustrations, black and white
  • 1138031666
  • 9781138031661
  • 1,113,091

Table of contents

PART ONE: BASIC PRINCIPLES: The Science of Surgery

Metabolic response to injury

Kenneth Fearon

Shock and blood transfusion

Karim Brohi

Wounds, healing, tissue repair

Michael Earley

Tissue engineering and regeneration

Andrew McCaskie & Andrew Bradley

Surgical infection

Peter Lamont

Tropical infections and infestations

Pradip Datta, Pawanindra Lal & Sanjay De Bakshi

Basic surgical skills and anastomoses

Mark Coleman

Principles of laparoscopic and robotic surgery

Hutan Ashrafian, Sanjay Purkayastha & Ara Darzi

Principles of paediatric surgery

Tony Lander

Principles of oncology

Robert JC Steele & Alastair J Munro

Surgical audit

Jonothan Earnshaw & Birgit Whitman

Surgical ethics and law

Robert Wheeler

Patient safety and human factors and quality improvement

Frank Keane & Ken Mealy


Diagnostic imaging

Matthew Matson, Muaaze Ahmad & Niall Power

Gastrointestinal endoscopy

James Lindsay & Philip Woodland

Tissue and Molecular diagnosis

Roger Feakins


Pre-operative preparation and treatment of the High-Risk Surgical Patient

Medha Vanarese, Pierre Foex & Anand Sardesai

Anaesthesia and pain relief

Vivek Mehta & Serene Chang

Nutrition and fluid therapy

John MacFie

Postoperative care

Anand Sardesai & Fay Gilder

Day case surgery

Douglas McWhinnie & Ian Jackson


Introduction to trauma

Bob Handley & Peter Giannoudis

Early assessment and management of trauma

Chris Moran & Dan Deakin

Traumatic Brain Injury

Harry Bulstrode & Tony Belli

Neck and spine

John Crawford & Douglas Hay

Maxillofacial trauma

David Koppel

Torso trauma

Ken Boffard & Elias Degiannis

Extremity trauma

Lee Van Rensburg

Disaster surgery

Mamoon Rashid

Conflict Surgery

Jonathan Clasper and Phill Pearce


History taking and clinical examination in musculoskeletal disease

Stephen McDonnell & Hemant G. Pandit

Sports medicine and sports injuries

Gina Allen

The spine

Brian Freeman & Chris Lavy

Upper limb

David Limb & Sam Vollans

Hip and knee

Vikas Khanduja & Wasim Khan

Foot and ankle

Bob Sharpe

Musculoskeletal tumours

Paul Cool & Craig Gerrand

Infection of the bones and joints

Martin McNally & Philippa Matthews

Paediatric orthopaedics

Deborah Eastwood


Skin and subcutaneous tissue

Christopher Chan & Adam Greenbaum


Michael Tyler & Sudip Ghosh

Plastic and reconstructive surgery

Tim Goodacre


Cranial Neurosurgery

Harry Bulstrode & Liam Gray

The eye and orbit

Keith Martin

Cleft lip and palate: developmental abnormalities of the face, mouth and jaws

David Koppel

The ear, nose and sinuses

Iain J. Nixon, Iain Hathorn & Alex Bennett

Pharynx, larynx and neck

Terry M. Jones

Oral Cavity Cancer

Andrew Schache

Disorders of the salivary glands

Mark McGurk & Leandros Vassiliou


The thyroid glands

Iain J. Nixon & Richard Adamson

The parathyroid glands

Ruth Prichard

The adrenal glands and other abdominal endocrine disorders

Tom W.J. Lennard

The breast

Richard C. Sainsbury


Cardiac surgery

Jonathan R. Anderson & Mustafa Zakkar

The thorax

Carol Tan & Ian Hunt


Arterial disorders

Robert Sayers & Robert Davies

Venous disorders

Ian Chetter & Daniel Carradice

Lymphatic disorders

Shervanthi Homer-Vanniasinkam, Gnaneswar Atturu & David Russell


History and examination of the abdomen

Ronan O'Connell

Abdominal wall, hernia and umbilicus

Bruce Tulloh & Stephen J Nixon

The peritoneum, omentum, mesentery and retroperitoneal space

Charles Knowles

The oesophagus

Derek Alderson

Stomach and duodenum

Timothy Underwood & John N Primrose

Bariatric surgery

Richard Welbourn

The liver

Graeme Poston & Rob Jones

The spleen

O. James Garden

The gall bladder and bile ducts

Kevin Conlon

The pancreas

Satyajit Bhattacharya

The small intestines

Gordon Carlson & Matt Soop

The large intestines

Gordon Carlson & Jonathan Epstein

Intestinal obstruction

Jim Hill

The vermiform appendix

Jurgen Mulsow

The rectum

David Jayne & Hiba Fatayer

The anus and anal canal

Karen Nugent


Urinary symptoms and investigations

Kilian Mellon

The kidney and ureters

Kilian Mellon

The urinary bladder

Freddie Hamdy

The prostate and seminal vesicles

David E. Neal & Greg Shaw

Urethra and penis

Ian Eardley

Testis and scrotum

Ian Eardley

Monica Mittal, Prasanna Raj Supramaniam, & Christian Malti Becker



J. Andrew Bradley

Appendix 1: Common Instruments used in general surgery

Pradip K. Datta

Appendix 2: Basic Aspects in Theatre Design and Sterilisation

Alan Norrish
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Review quote

This book simply smacks of class; I have had the privilege of reviewing the hardback edition which is a robust and physically heavy book. This is a powerful heavyweight textbook that seems to cover most surgical specialties and is suitable for a global audience. Even better, its appeal is widespread throughout various sectors of the medical and surgical community. If you are a practicing physician and just need one surgical textbook as a reference source for your personal or departmental library, this excellent book could fit the bill. It is also very useful for the undergraduate or postgraduate medic no matter where you are in the world. So it is very adaptable to a number of end users.
Dr Harry Brown, Glycosmedia, May 2018, Full review:

This is a high-quality book on an international level that provides significant additional illustrations and discussion of problems encountered. It is thus a highly valuable resource for students, residents, and surgeons who will be practicing outside the U.S. (or doing surgical volunteerism). There is nothing comparable to the Bailey textbooks. This 27th edition nicely updates and enhances information from the 26th edition, while remaining true to the purpose of the original.
Carol Scott-Conner, MD, PhD, MBA (University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics)
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About Norman Williams

Professor Sir Norman Williams, MS FRCS FMedSci FRCP FRCP(Ed) FRCA FDS(Hon) FACS(Hon) FRCS(I)(Hon) FRCS(Ed)(Hon)

Senior Clinical Advisor to the Secretary of State for Health, Past President, The Royal College

of Surgeons of England 2011-2014, Emeritus Professor of Surgery, Barts and The London School

of Medicine and Dentistry, Queen Mary University of London, London, UK

Professor Sir Norman Williams was until recently Professor of Surgery at Barts and The London, Queen Mary's School of Medicine and Dentistry and Director of the National Centre for Bowel Research and Surgical Innovation (1986-2016) and retains the title of Emeritus Professor of Surgery. He trained in London, Bristol, Leeds and Los Angeles His main clinical interests have been sphincter preservation and reconstructive colorectal surgery, and his scientific interests concentrated on GI motility and anorectal physiology. He is now the Senior Clinical Advisor to the Secretary of State for Health and on the Board of St George's NHS Foundation Trust Hospital..

He has been President of the Society of Academic & Research Surgery, President of The Ileostomy & Internal Pouch Support Group, Chairman of the UKCCCR committee on Colorectal Cancer, President of European Digestive Surgery, President of The International Surgical Group and Vice Chairman of The British Journal of Surgery. He was on the Council of the Royal College of Surgeons of England from 2005 and became President in 2011-14

Professor Williams is co-author of Surgery of the Anus, Rectum and Colon and was a founding trustee and Chairman of Bowel & Cancer Research and is now the President of this charity. He has been joint editor of Bailey and Love's Short Practice of Surgery since the 22nd Edition.

He was knighted for services to surgery in 2015.

Professor P. Ronan O'Connell, MD FRCS(I) FRCPS(Glas) FRCS(Ed)

Head of Section of Surgery and Surgical Specialties, University College Dublin,

St Vincent's University Hospital, Dublin, Ireland

Professor P. Ronan O'Connell is Head of Surgical Specialties at the UCD School of Medicine, Dublin Ireland and Consultant Surgeon at St Vincent's University Hospital Dublin, Ireland. He graduated from Trinity College Dublin in 1979 and trained as general surgeon with sub-specialty interest in Coloproctology. Having completed a fellowship in colon and rectal surgery at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester MN, USA, he spent time as a Senior Lecturer with Professor Sir Norman Williams at the Royal London Hospital. He was appointed consultant surgeon at the Mater Misericordiae Hospital Dublin in 1990 where he served until his current appointment in 2007.

Professor O'Connell has served as an editor of the British Journal of Surgery and associate editor of Diseases of the Colon and Rectum. He has been editor in chief for the European Surgical Association and joint editor of Bailey and Love's Short Practice of Surgery for the 25th, 26th and now 27th editions, having contributed chapters to the 23rd and 24th editions. Apart from his editing, Prof O'Connell is widely published in the areas of IBD, colorectal cancer and pelvic floor physiology. He is a Council member of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and holds ad hominum fellowships of the Glasgow and Edinburgh Royal Colleges. He is a past President of the European Society of Coloproctology and honorary fellow of the American Surgical Association and the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons.

Professor Andrew W. McCaskie, MMus MD FRCS FRCS (T&O)

Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and Head of Department of Surgery

University of Cambridge, Honorary Consultant, Addenbrooke's Hospital,

Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Cambridge, UK

Professor Andrew McCaskie is Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and Head of Department of Surgery at the University of Cambridge. He trained in Leeds, Leicester and Newcastle upon Tyne, where he was Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery until moving to Cambridge in 2013. His clinical interest is the lower limb, and particularly the treatment of osteoarthritis, seeking to develop repair and regenerative therapies at early stages of disease. He is the Director of the Arthritis Research UK Tissue Engineering Centre which brings together UK clinicians, engineers and biologists to develop stem and stromal cell therapy for early osteoarthritis.

He has been the President of the British Orthopaedic Research Society, member of the Council of Management of The British Editorial Society of Bone and Joint Surgery, and member of Council of the British Orthopaedic Association. He is currently the Director of the Academic Foundation Programme in Cambridge and is widely published, including papers in The Lancet and Nature Genetics.
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