Clinical SurgeryBMJ 1996; 313 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.313.7071.1562 (Published 14 December 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:1562
- John Alexander-Williams
Ed Alfred Cuscher, Thomas P J Hennessy, Roger M Greenhalgh, David I Rowley Blackwell Science, £29.50, pp 585 ISBN 0 632 03146 8
“Why another undergraduate textbook [in surgery]?” they begin their preface. Then, of course, they provide some reasons. They have undertaken a daunting task: to provide a digestible text on “core surgery,” which they define as “necessary for a proficient general practitioner.” Their effort has been worth while. Although I began reading with criticism, I ended with praise.
I recognise the exponential growth in the number of known facts in medicine. The hapless undergraduate is bombarded by more and more departments competing for their share in her or his memory bank—from genetics, statistics, and the value of evidence …