Farquharson’s Textbook of Operative General Surgery 10th Edition PDF
Eric Farquharson was a young consultant at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary when Operative Surgery was first published in 1954, but it was as a General Surgical trainee in the 1930s that he started the project. Surgical training was then very different from that of today and he perceived the need for a textbook that could guide a trainee surgeon through an unfamiliar operation. He did not set out to write a technical step by step manual but rather a book which, in addition to describing the anatomy and operative details, would explain the aims of an operation and give guidance where there was a choice of surgical options. The difficulties that might be encountered were explored and the basis on which intraoperative decisions had to be made was discussed. During the 1960s and 70s the book became a standard text for the old Surgical Fellowship examinations when a candidate was expected to describe a wide range of operations. Eric Farquharson’s vision, though, was less of an examination text, confined to a library, but more of a book that would be readily available in the operating theatre and of value to the practising surgeon. Surgical training has changed and General Surgery has fragmented in many countries into a number of subspecialties, though there is still a need for a broad range of knowledge and skills for all who participate in the emergency surgical on-call rota. Therefore, as editors we have strived to remain faithful to the original philosophy. The additional editor since the last edition is a grandson of Eric Farquharson.
He is at the same stage of his surgical career as his grandfather was when he planned the First Edition and has been in the ideal position to contribute from the perspective of the trainee. The book has been extensively updated with the involvement of many surgical specialists. All the common operations in the General Surgical subspecialties that are likely to be encountered during Higher Surgical Training are described and, additionally, basic techniques are explained for the junior trainee. Although surgeons in training no longer anticipate that they will be expected to undertake unfamiliar operations without supervision, unforeseen circumstances can still arise. With increasing specialisation, even experienced surgeons can sometimes be involved in a surgical emergency, or an intraoperative complication, requiring an operative procedure in a subspecialty other than their own. A short list of references is given at the end of each chapter. These are a personal selection, including some interesting historical papers, but no attempt has been made to provide a comprehensive bibliography.