Bailey and Love’s Short Practice of SurgeryBMJ 2008; 337 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.a2601 (Published 18 November 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a2601
- Kate Robertson, staff grade psychiatrist, Ardenleigh Centre, Birmingham
I love this book. I have a big, fat clothbound 1984 edition—there have been more since, but it is mine I love. I love everything about it, from its sheer weight to its extravagance. It was at the time the single most expensive thing I had ever bought. (I didn’t have a car.) I love the complete confidence it represented (it covered everything, without shame) and the beauty of studying a specialty in which a “short” practice manual had 1301 pages.
It didn’t actually take me very long—I read it, cover to cover—to realise that it was old fashioned and in the main …