Best Books to read during your General Surgery Residency

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Reading all the prescribed books during General Surgery residency, everyone knows that it is easier said than done. So it is necessary to know about few basic textbooks which are a must read.

You must have heard a very popular saying

“He who studies medicine without books sails an uncharted sea, but he who studies medicine without patients does not go to sea at all.”

So the first step to learn surgery is reading the right books and having enough working knowledge for clinical and surgical application.

Best General Surgery textbooks for Surgery Residents 

For reading general surgery, first book that comes to mind is Bailey and Love. As most of us have read it during our MBBS. But usually by the time we join General surgery residency, all the information stored in our brain evaporates. Bailey and Love is the preferred textbook for MRCS Part A and B examinations which aim to test basic surgical knowledge.

While choosing the best textbook for surgery you need to keep Surgery NEET SS and DNB CET SS entrance in mind. For MCh and DNB SS, in terms of depth of information, Bailey alone is not adequate.

Amongst Sabiston and Schwartz, Sabiston is usually the choice for NEET SS and DNB CET SS entrance. One of them must be read.

For your university exams SRB is a life saver, cannot miss its mention here. SRB tackles most of the topics from which Long notes and Short notes are asked in MS Gen Surgery university examinations.       

Bailey and Love’s Short Practice Of Surgery

Good for surgery basics and UG level.
If you want to choose one single textbook to read in your surgery residency, I would recommend Sabiston. Good illustrations and many high yield points asked in MCh/DrNB Entrance exams. Also, it is one of the best books to study Gi surgery from.

Schwartz’s Principles Of Surgery

The only issue is information overload and not visually appealing.
 
Last-minute book for university exams.

Best Operative Surgery textbooks for Surgery Residents

Reading a separate book for operative surgery is an important but neglected aspect in a surgical residency. They are typically used as reference books. Once you know the list of cases to be posted on the next day, it is advised to read and understand the relevant anatomy and operative steps before going to watch or assist the case. Many studies show that lack of perfect knowledge of operative steps can adversely impact the performance in surgery.  Any one of the following operative surgery books can be used:


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