2nd ed, edited by M. A. R. Al-Fallouji, PhD(Lond), FRCS(Edin), FRCS(Glasg), FRCSI, LRCP&S(Edin& Glasg), MB, ChB, 665 pp, with illus, Newton, Mass, Butterworth-Heinemann, 1998.
This book, in its second edition and eighth printing, is designed as "a main revision guide and as a preferred concise mini-textbook of reference in surgery." I congratulate the editor and author of the overwhelming majority of the book on compiling an impressive survey of general surgery and related subjects. Al-Fallouji, a consultant in gastrointestinal surgery in the United Kingdom, has tailored the text for use by physicians preparing for the board examination administered by the Royal Colleges of Surgeons (England, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Ireland, Australasia, and Canada). Beginning with a section on surgical training in the United Kingdom and Europe, the reader is provided ample background information regarding the structure of foreign training programs, their educational goals, and what information a well-trained surgeon is reasonably expected to have mastered. These early pages yielded an interesting look into the European system of surgical education, but, having trained exclusively within the United States, I am unable to judge this section's accuracy or usefulness to a prospective examinee.