“The perfect surgery student loves the operating theatre and never wants to leave the hospital, has a steel bladder, a cast iron stomach, and a heart of gold.” Such are the contents of the introduction to this surgical textbook. Just how tongue in cheek these statements are is highly debatable, particularly when you realise that Lorne H Blackbourne, the author, is a general surgeon and a major in the United States Army Medical Corps, but do not be put off by this. As absorbing and entertain. ing as these introductory pages are, I must recommend that you make a concerted effort to progress past these - you will not be disappointed.
The whole book is set out in a question and answer format that is immediately appealing. Each page has some questions on the left hand side that are answered on the right, becoming increasingly harder and more detailed as