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Bailey and Love’s Short Practice of Surgery

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: (Published 18 November 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a2601
  1. Kate Robertson, staff grade psychiatrist, Ardenleigh Centre, Birmingham
  1. kate.robertson{at}

    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 …

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