Suggested Reading

Essentials of General Surgery, by Lawrence (published by Williams and Wilkins) specifically addresses our objectives. You can obtain this paperback text for about $50.00.

The following list of books is also highly recommended:

  • Essentials of Surgery, Sabiston (ed.)
  • Current Surgical Diagnosis and Treatment, Way
  • Trauma, Mattox
  • Acute Abdomen, Copes

Copes' Acute Abdomen is a medical classic and should be required reading for all 3rd year students. It is short & sweet and inexpensive. It will serve you well the remainder of your professional life if you read and understand it now.

If you decide that surgery is for you, when you go into practice you will need a surgical reference text. We recommend that you obtain one of the following:

  • Textbook of Surgery by Sabiston (ed.)
  • Principles of Surgery by Schwartz
  • Surgery - Scientific Principles and Practice by Greenfield et al.

Schwartz is more detailed in pathophysiology whereas Sabiston is more procedurally oriented. Greenfield presents cutting-edge science in surgery and completely new writing rather than updated and revised material. Take a close look before you buy.

Additional Resources/Reading that may be of interest:
Work Hours Policy

The goals of the medical students and the faculty of the School of Medicine are one and the same: to get the best medical education possible while not ignoring overall health and happiness. Attention needs to be paid to both duty/work hours and personal time.

Work hours rules have been developed for residents, but similar rules have not been developed for medical students. There are obvious differences in terms of goals, reimbursement, and responsibilities between residents and students. Nonetheless, some guidelines for students apply.