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Surgical Textbooks Crucial for The American Board of Surgery Examinations

We have listed below many of the key resources to the surgical boards review guides below. You can even look at our ABSITE/Boards review document based on questions that I have gotten wrong on past exams. Use the Book Search to find titles that you don't see here.

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TextBooks Important for the Surgery Boards

Current Surgical Therapy by John L. Cameron: "The eighth edition of Current Surgical Therapy features 280 all-new chapters, each written by an expert surgeon who offers proven, practical approaches to the surgical management of a given disease. Contributors have been chosen not only for their prominence in the field, but also because they are actively involved in patient care. Each chapter covers a condition that is seen with some frequency in the general surgeon's practice. For faster reference, chapters follow a consistent format: patient selection, timing of therapy, preoperative care, operative technique, postoperative management, adjuvant therapy, prevention and management of complications, and follow-up. Diagnosis and pathophysiology are discussed only to the extent that they affect treatment choices."

Current Surgical Therapy is a very clinically oriented textbook. Much less pathophysiology is included. All general surgery residents should read this book in its entirety before taking the boards. It is less useful for the yearly ABSITE exam which emphasizes basic science more.

Principles Of Surgery by Schwartz, Seymour I. 2004 Edition (Joint Author:Galloway, Aubrey C.,Joint Author:Daly, John M.) My pediatric surgery fellow recommended this text over the Sabiston text for medical students because it is more cut and dry getting right to the issues currently considered most crucial in the management of a surgical patient. Sabiston provides more of a historical perspective that will add an additional level of knowledge but might not be what you need at 3 AM the night before a big operation that you are going to get pimped on.

Surgery : Scientific Principles and Practice by Lazar J. Greenfield (Editor), Michael W. Mulholland (Editor), keit Oldham "Dr. Greenfield's revised edition is immensely better than the already fabulous first edition. This is THE book for surgery residents or anyone who wants an encyclopedic reference to the field of general surgery, including the surgical sub-specialties. Each chapter is comprehensive, well written and as concise as possible. The figures are well-done and informative, yet not distracting to the reader. Each discussion includes basic science principles, biology of the different diseases, as well as pathophysiology and an overview of treatment options. Especially well done are the chapters on breast disease, Trauma, and perdiatric surgery"

Mastery of Surgery (2 vols.) by Robert J. Baker (Editor), Josef E. Fischer (Editor)"Insights into critical decision-making in a comprehensive range of surgical settings makes this two-volume set the reference of choice. Key points in each procedure are demonstrated by a series of lucid illustrations. The authors offer their own recommendations and guide the reader to important literature via annotated Suggested Readings. No comparable text on the market offers this combination of authoritative commentary and comprehensive coverage."

Mastery of Surgery (2 vols.) Is a key text for senior surgery residents. I did not appreciate it until my third year of residency when I started doing more advanced operations.

Current Surgical Diagnosis and Treatment
by by Lawrence W. Way (Editor),
Gerard M. Doherty (Editor)2002 Edition.

Exam Review Books

General Surgery Review: (safe Answers For The Written Boards And Absite)
by Martin A. Makary.

This is a pretty good book that you can move through pretty quickly. I did notice several minor errors. For example, there were small mistakes when describing the vascular anatomy of the liver. But otherwise it is a good book.

Pass the ABSITE!
by Rafael Azuaje,
Carlos Vieira.

Mosby's Usmle Step 2 Reviews : Surgery
by Koutlas

Rush University Review of Surgery by Daniel J. Deziel (Editor) This book uses a question and answer format to review the important surgical concepts covered by the surgical inservice, the surgical portion of the USMEs, and the general surgery boards. Each question is immediately followed by an extended explaination and then the answer. This saves you from flipping back and forth to the end of the test.

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