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Farquharson’s Textbook of Operative General Surgery – Sixty years after its first publication, Farquharson’s Textbook of Operative General Surgery remains firmly established as a classic textbook for general surgeons throughout the world, whether they are just embarking on training or are well established in their career. This tenth edition has been fully revised and updated, while retaining the core philosophy that has ensured its popularity over six decades—to provide an authoritative guide to operative surgery for the general surgeon in a manageable single volume.

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Farquharson’s Textbook of Operative General Surgery 

covers not only basic techniques for the junior trainee but also the common operations in the general surgical subspecialties that are likely to be encountered during higher surgical training. In addition, the book describes procedures for the general surgeon in a remote hospital, who may have to operate outside his or her specialty and offer a limited service in orthopaedics, neurosurgery, urology or obstetrics.

Farquharson’s Textbook of Operative General Surgery – Foreword

Eric Farquharson was a surgeon ahead ofhis time.As onewho was taught by him and who worked for him,it is easy toremember the many innovations which he introduced,themany ideas which he had and his ability to look beyondconventional wisdom.He was heavily involved both with theRoyal College ofSurgeons ofEdinburgh and the RoyalCollege ofSurgeons ofEngland,a position which iscommendable even today.Farquharson’s Textbook of Operative General Surgery

Although he championed single authorship,I believe thathe would have been one ofthe first to recognise how essentialit is for operative surgery to be taught by surgeons operatingwithin their individual speciality.In this ninth edition ofhistextbook,the areas covered are comprehensive but,moreimportantly,they have been covered by authors who clearly speak from experience and with authority.It is thereforeinevitable that both surgical trainees and trained surgeonswill benefit from this important new text.


Eric Farquharson wrote the 1st edition of Operative Surgery in 1954.He was a general surgeon in an era when generalsurgery still included orthopaedics and urology,and mostsurgeons regularly operated on a wide range ofproblems.Heintended the book to be ofvalue to the surgeon in training,and he described the common operations within theboundaries ofgeneral surgery in the early 1950s.However,halfa century later,surgical practice has expanded andchanged.Urology and orthopaedics are now separate surgicaldisciplines.General surgery itselfis subdividing,and themore advanced procedures in each subspecialty are notperformed by those in other subspecialties,and only rarely by generalists.Special expertise and the availability of advanced technology have encouraged development of centres ofexcellence for specific conditions,and referralbetween surgical colleagues has increased.For this edition to continue to be a valuable companion forthe practising surgeon,it also has had to evolve.Farquharson’s Textbook of Operative General Surgery

The kernel of the book remains the description ofoperations within thepresent narrower boundaries ofgeneral surgery,withdiscussion ofthe possible surgical options.Non-operativesurgical topics are,ofnecessity,condensed although it isacknowledged that the practice ofsurgery increasingly encompasses preoperative investigation,the planning of optimal management in conjunction with non-surgicalcolleagues,and the care ofthe critically ill surgical patient.Operative surgery in specialities other than generalsurgery has now in general been omitted.However,in anemergency,even those surgeons practising in well-equippedhospitals in the developed world must occasionally operateoutside their specialty.In addition,previous editions haveproved to be ofvalue to the surgeon working in parts oftheworld where general surgery has to be a more all-encompassing surgical discipline.For these reasons,selectiveoperations have been retained,including some oldertechniques,which may still be ofvalue in certaincircumstances.Eric Farquharson believed in single authorship to givebalance and continuity ofstyle.Specialization,however,wasstarting in the 1950s and he sought advice from colleagueswhose practice concentrated on orthopaedics,neurosurgery and urology.This philosophy has been followed for much of this new edition.In some chapters advice from severalspecialists was obtained,and in the chapters which coverother surgical disciplines the approach has been from theviewpoint ofthe general surgeon.However,in some chaptersa separate general surgical subspeciality author has beenmore appropriate.In each chapter a few references,includingsome to historic papers,have been selected by the authors.The choice has been personal,and there has been no attemptto provide a comprehensive list which can be obtained fromother sources.This edition is intended for the surgical trainee in generalsurgery and should be ofvalue throughout training.Itshould also continue to serve more experienced generalsurgeons when faced with an operative surgical challengeoutside their chosen area ofexpertise.Despitesubspecialization,there will always be a need for generalsurgical knowledge and skills,and we hope that this book fulfils this purpose.

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 Skills and Tools: Knots to Robots

Surgery of the Skin and Subcutaneous Tissue

Surgery of the Breast and Axilla

Soft Tissue Surgery: Muscles, Tendons, Ligaments and Nerves

Surgery of Bone and Amputations

Vascular Surgical Techniques: Vascular Access and Trauma

Operative Management of Vascular Disease

Cardiothoracic Surgery for the General Surgeon

Neurosurgery for the General Surgeon

Surgery of the Neck

Surgery of the Face and Jaws

Special Considerations in Abdominal and Gastrointestinal Surgery

Surgical Access to the Abdomen and Surgery of the Abdominal Wall

General Techniques in Abdominal and Gastrointestinal Surgery

Emergency Abdominal Surgery

Surgery of Intra-Abdominal Malignancy

Classic Operations on the Upper Gastrointestinal Tract

Operative Management of Upper Gastrointestinal Disease

Gallbladder and Biliary Surgery

Surgery of the Pancreas, Spleen and Adrenal Glands

Surgery of the Liver

Classic Operations on the Small and Large Bowel

Operative Management of Small And Large Bowel Disease

Surgery of the Anus and Perineum

Surgery of the Groin and External Genitalia

Urological Surgery for the General Surgeon

Gynaecology and Obstetrics for the General Surgeon

Appendix I Preoperative Preparation

Appendix II Intraoperative Care

Appendix III Postoperative Care

Editor(s) Bio

Margaret Farquharson FRCSEd, Consultant Surgeon, formerly of Hampshire Hospitals Foundation Trust, Basingstoke, UK

James Hollingshead FRCS(Gen Surg), Specialist Registrar in General Surgery NW Thames, London, UK

Brendan Moran FRCSI, Consultant Surgeon,Hampshire Hospitals Foundation Trust, Basingstoke, UK