Bailey & Love’s Short Practice of Surgery (25th Edition)

Name: Bailey & Love’s Short Practice of Surgery

Edition: 25th

Edited by: Norman S. Williams; Christopher J.K. Bulstrode; P. RONAN O’CONNELL

Subject: Surgery

Language: English

Publisher: Edward Arnold (Publishers) Ltd

Bailey & Love's Short Practice of Surgery (25th Edition)

Brief Introduction

This is the 25th and hence Silver Jubilee edition of this world famous textbook-Bailey & Love’s Short Practice of Surgery. It has stood the test of time as evidenced by increasing sales, edition by edition, a tribute to the foresight of the original authors Hamilton Bailey and McNeill Love. Both set out to produce a high quality, comprehensive textbook to be enjoyed by both undergraduates and postgraduates. Part of their magic formula was to combine clear and concise text with numerous clinical photographs collected from their own archives. Most important was the frequent use of anecdote and aphorism to highlight points of clinical relevance, further enhanced by autobiographical notes beloved by all devotees of the book. We, the editors of this auspicious edition, therefore feel a particular responsibility following in the footsteps of the original authors and our colleague editors who continued this tradition over past editions.

It is always difficult to blend the old with the new but this we have attempted to do. We present to the reader a comprehensive, modern surgical textbook which, we hope, retains the feel of the original. We have ensured that the text is liberally illustrated with high quality reproductions and line drawings. Some of Bailey and Love’s original illustrations have been retained because they capture specific points so well that we have felt obliged to keep them. Similarly the autobiographical notes remain but have been updated. We have been particularly fortunate in this endeavour in retaining the services of Dr J.G. Fairer who, as a labour of love, has spent many hours ensuring the veracity of these notes. To help the budding young surgeon faced with that heart-sinking question from their boss, ‘What instrument is that in your hand?’ followed by ‘And who was he?’, we have started a new page in the appendix which gives answers to a few of the most common queries. Let us know if you think it is useful.


PART 1: Principles

  1. The metabolic response to injury
  2. Shock and blood transfusion
  3. Wounds, tissue repair and scars
  4. Surgical infection
  5. Surgery in the tropics
  6. Principles of paediatric surgery
  7. Principles of oncology
  8. Surgical audit and research
  9. Surgical ethics

PART 2: Investigation and diagnosis

  1. Diagnostic imaging
  2. Gastrointestinal endoscopy
  3. Tissue diagnosis

PART 3: Perioperative care

  1. Preoperative preparation
  2. Anaesthesia and pain relief
  3. Care in the operating room
  4. Perioperative management of the high-risk surgical patient
  5. Nutrition and fluid therapy
  6. Basic surgical skills and anastomoses
  7. Principles of laparoscopic and robotic surgery
  8. Postoperative care

PART 4: Trauma

  1. Introduction to trauma
  2. Early assessment and management of trauma
  3. Head injury
  4. Neck and spine
  5. Trauma to the face and mouth
  6. Chest and abdomen
  7. Extremity trauma
  8. Burns
  9. Plastic and reconstructive surgery
  10. Disaster surgery

PART 5: Elective orthopaedics

  1. Clinical examination
  2. Sports medicine and sports injuries
  3. The spine
  4. Upper limb – pathology, assessment and management
  5. Hip and knee
  6. Foot and ankle
  7. Inflammation and infection and musculoskeletal tumours
  8. Paediatric orthopaedics

PART 6: Skin and subcutaneous tissue

  1. Skin and subcutaneous tissue

PART 7: Head and neck

  1. Elective neurosurgery
  2. The eye and orbit
  3. Cleft lip and palate: developmental abnormalities of the face, mouth and jaws
  4. The nose and sinuses
  5. The ear
  6. Pharynx, larynx and neck
  7. Oropharyngeal cancer
  8. Disorders of the salivary glands

PART 8: Breast and endocrine

  1. The thyroid and parathyroid glands
  2. Adrenal glands and other endocrine disorders
  3. The breast

PART 9: Cardiothoracic

  1. Cardiac surgery
  2. The thorax

PART 10: Vascular

  1. Arterial disorders
  2. Venous disorders
  3. Lymphatic disorders

PART 11: Abdominal

  1. History and examination of the abdomen
  2. Hernias, umbilicus and abdominal wall
  3. The peritoneum, omentum, mesentery and retroperitoneal space
  4. The oesophagus
  5. Stomach and duodenum
  6. The liver
  7. The spleen
  8. The gall bladder and bile ducts
  9. The pancreas
  10. The small and large intestines
  11. Intestinal obstruction
  12. The vermiform appendix
  13. The rectum
  14. The anus and anal canal

PART 12: Genitourinary

  1. Urinary symptoms and investigations
  2. The kidneys and ureters
  3. The urinary bladder
  4. The prostate and seminal vesicles
  5. Urethra and penis
  6. Testis and scrotum
  7. Gynaecology

PART 13: Transplantation

  1. Transplantation

Appendix 1:
Common instruments on the general tray



Surgical infection, particularly surgical site infection (SSI), has always been a major complication of surgery and trauma and has been documented for 4000–5000 years. The Egyptians had some concepts about infection as they were able to prevent putrefaction, testified by mummification skills. Their medical papyruses also describe the use of salves and antiseptics to prevent SSIs. This ‘prophylaxis’ had also been known earlier by the Assyrians, although less well documented. It was described again independently by the Greeks. The Hippocratic teachings described the use of anti-microbials, such as wine and vinegar, which were widely used to irrigate open, infected wounds before delayed primary or secondary wound closure. A belief common to all these civilisations, and indeed even later to the Romans, was that, whenever pus localised in an infected wound, it needed to be drained.

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