General Medicine and Surgery

Medical student revision guide

Rebecca Richardson, Ricky Ellis

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Format: Paperback

Publication date: January 24, 2023

Pages: 300 pages

ISBN: 9781914961182 Related titles: , Tag:


“I like the unique style … It is simple, engaging and easy to read, whatever your learning preferences (I particularly like the colour coding!). It also covers topics comprehensively, making it not only a great aide-memoire but also a very useful everyday book on the ward.” From the Foreword by Professor Farah Bhatti OBE, Consultant Cardiothoracic Surgeon

All the core knowledge you need at medical school in one place!

General Medicine and Surgery: Medical Student Revision Guide contains the core information you need on: Cardiology; Endocrinology; Gastroenterology; Hepato-pancreato-biliary; Haematology; Immunology & Allergy; Neurology; Renal; Respiratory; General surgical principles; The acute abdomen; Gastrointestinal surgery; The breast; Vascular surgery; Urology; Critical illness; Emergency presentations; Rheumatology; Trauma & orthopaedics.

Throughout medical school, and the years thereafter, a huge volume of knowledge must be acquired and retained, to achieve the standards expected of a safe and successful doctor. This is a mammoth task.

General Medicine and Surgery: Medical Student Revision Guide is designed to make accessing and remembering core knowledge as easy as possible:

  • each topic is presented in a colourful, revision-ready note format, with extensive use of diagrams, tables and flowcharts
  • key points are highlighted and core concepts summarised, making the information easier to digest, assimilate and memorise
  • a consistent structure means you always have access to clinical presentation, investigations and management, risk factors and complications.

Every chapter has been peer-reviewed by a specialist in the field, to ensure it is accurate and reflects the most up-to-date guidelines.

In addition, these specialists have also used their own personal experience of studying for medical exams to ensure that the books focus on the most important conditions, concepts and vocabulary needed to pass finals.

General Medicine and Surgery: Medical Student Revision Guide is the perfect companion for your medicine degree, exam revision, medical finals and your early career as a foundation doctor.

Foreword; Preface; Acknowledgements; About the authors; Peer reviewers; General abbreviations; How to use this book

Chapter 1: Cardiology
Acute coronary syndrome; Chronic stable angina; Heart valve disease; Infective endocarditis; Congestive cardiac failure; Acute pulmonary oedema; Syncope; Atrial fibrillation; Miscellaneous cardiac onditions

Chapter 2: Endocrinology
Diabetes mellitus; Pituitary disorders; Adrenal disease; Thyroid disease; Parathyroid disease; Sodium imbalance

Chapter 3: Gastroenterology
Clinical nutrition; Gastro-oesophageal reflux disease; Peptic ulcer disease; Obesity; Gastro-intestinal haemorrhage; Dysphagia; Oesophageal cancer; Gastric cancer; Coeliac disease; Acute diarrhoea; Irritable bowel syndrome; Inflammatory bowel disease

Chapter 4: Hepato-pancreato-biliary
Hepatitis; Ascites; Liver neoplasms; Chronic pancreatitis; Haemochromatosis; The spleen; Jaundice; Gallbladder disease; Pancreatic neoplasms

Chapter 5: Haematology
Haematological lineage; Anaemia overview; Anaemia from reduced RBC production; Haemolytic anaemias; Thalassaemias; Sickle cell disease; Pancytopenia; Myeloproliferative disorders; Multiple myeloma; Leukaemia; Lymphoma; Haemostasis; Coagulation disorders; Investigating bleeding problems; Blood transfusion

Chapter 6: Immunology & Allergy
Allergic disorders; Autoimmune & immunodeficiency disorders

Chapter 7: Neurology
Nervous system structure & function
Areas of the brain, Vision; Spinal cord tracts
Nervous system investigations
Lumbar puncture; Imaging with CT & MRI
Acute neurological disease
Acute spinal problems; Neuromuscular emergencies; Acute hydrocephalus; Cortical venous sinus thrombosis; Neuro-oncology; CNS infection; Brain abscess
Long-term neurological conditions
Multiple sclerosis; Epilepsy; Neuropathies; Motor neurone disease; Myasthenia gravis; Myopathies; Essential tremor; Headaches

Chapter 8: Renal
Acute kidney injury (AKI); Chronic kidney disease (CKD); Glomerular disease; Urinary tract infection (UTI); Haematuria

Chapter 9: Respiratory
Respiratory failure; Pneumothorax; Pleural effusion; Pneumonia; Tuberculosis; Covid-19; Asthma; Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease; Bronchiectasis; Sleep apnoea; Cystic fibrosis; Lung cancer; Sarcoidosis; Interstitial lung disease; Occupational lung disease

Chapter 10: General surgical principles
Wound healing; Post-operative care; Post-operative assessment; Fluid therapy

Chapter 11: The acute abdomen
General overview; Acute pancreatitis; Acute appendicitis; Meckel’s diverticulum; Diverticular disease; Gastrointestinal perforation; Intestinal obstruction; Hernias

Chapter 12: Gastrointestinal surgery
Perianal disease; Colorectal cancer; Anal cancer

Chapter 13: The breast
Breast conditions

Chapter 14: Vascular surgery
Hypertension; Carotid artery disease; Aneurysms; Acute aortic syndromes; Chronic peripheral arterial disease; Acute limb ischaemia; Amputation; Vasospastic disorders; Thoracic outlet syndrome; Varicose veins; Leg ulcers; Venous thromboembolic disease; Lymphoedema

Chapter 15: Urology
Stone disease (nephrolithiasis); Urinary tract malignancy; Bladder outlet obstruction; Bladder trauma; Scrotal lumps; Testicular tumours; Conditions of the penis

Chapter 16: Critical illness
The critically ill patient; The semi-conscious/unconscious patient; Organ support

Chapter 17: Emergency presentations
Acid–base disorders; Electrolyte abnormalities; Overdoses; Seizures; Sepsis; Shock; Life-threatening arrhythmia; Cardiac arrest; Specific presentations

Chapter 18: Rheumatology
Regional periarticular pain; Neck & back pain; Peripheral nerve entrapment; Fibromyalgia; Crystal-associated arthritis; Rheumatoid arthritis; Seronegative spondyloarthritis; Multisystem connective tissue disease; Systemic vasculitis; Polymyalgia rheumatica; Miscellaneous musculoskeletal conditions

Chapter 19: Trauma & orthopaedics
Musculoskeletal conditions
Bone & joint infection; Musculoskeletal malignancy; Diseases of the bone; Osteoarthritis
Primary survey; Secondary survey; Head injuries; Spinal cord injury; Chest injuries; Major haemorrhage; Burns
General fracture principles; Common paediatric fractures

Figure acknowledgements; Index of conditions

The perfect revision guide for medical school

'The layout of this book is incredible. It is divided logically into medical and surgical specialities so locating the information you need is simple.' Amazon reviewer

Amazing textbook!

'The content is laid out so clearly, and the different chapters really highlight the key information you need to pay attention to. Definitely a textbook I will keep through my junior doctor years to continue helping me!' Amazon reviewer

A MUST HAVE for every medical student!!

'This is the best revision guide I have come across!! The unique style and layout makes this an effective resource making revision enjoyable. With intelligent use of colour, diagrams and summary tables- information is presented in a visually appealing manner making it easy to understand and retain the important points.' Amazon reviewer

Perfect for medical students on clinical placement.

'This book is really well written, with easy to read colour coded guidelines from relevant and up to date sources. This book summarises complex conditions in a concise way without omitting important details. I will be coming back to this book time and time again, especially on clinical placement!' Amazon reviewer

Great Revision Guide!

'This is such a wonderful revision guide for medical students and junior doctors. It is well-written and beautifully presented. I would highly recommend it.' Amazon reviewer

Fantastic book, definitely worth buying

‘The book contents have been organised in a way that really helps follow the current curriculum taught at med school.
The content is concise and specific and contains all the relevant information. I tend to use this book more than the lectures.' Amazon reviewer

Fantastic condense, colour coded textbook

‘This textbook has all the pertinent information you need for medical school in a condensed and visually appealing format. With handy acronyms to help remember information, it has been my primary source for my final year of medical school and I couldn't recommend it enough to other medical students!' Amazon reviewer

Great simple medical guide for medical students as well as junior doctors

‘Would highly recommend this book to any medical student at any stage in their degree as well as junior doctors! The layout is so easily digestible and the breadth of information covered makes it ideal for a quick reminder of knowledge between shifts!' Amazon reviewer

Perfect resource for med students & junior drs!

‘Really helpful study guide for medical students. I used these notes (in their old form) to help me through my final year of medical school, they were essential for me to pass my finals. Now that I'm a junior doctor they are still invaluable, such a great resource to refer back to, and actually really useful to help me when I'm teaching medical students :) would recommend to anyone at medical school / junior doctors / medical exam takers!' Amazon reviewer

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