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  • THE MEDICAL & SURGICAL Residency Survival Guide

    THE MEDICAL & SURGICAL Residency Survival Guide

    Are you a medical student on the cusp of graduation from medical school who is soon to embark upon a journey through residency training? Are you an intern or junior resident muscling through the early years of your formative residency training? If so, this book was written exclusively for you.

    The transition from medical school to residency training is a challenging and transformative experience that will come rushing toward you like a run-away freight train. Life as a resident physician is drastically different to what most experience during their clinical rotations in medical school. Medical school can sometimes feel like an extension of your undergraduate college experience; however, residency is an entirely different animal.

    You will undoubtedly approach this transition into residency with a combination of raw emotion to include enthusiasm and eagerness but also trepidation and apprehension. This survival guide will serve to temper these emotions and transform them into a sense of confidence as you progress forward. This book is a focused, honest, and straightforward text that addresses the unique challenges encountered in residency training and more importantly discusses a number of strategies to facilitate tactful navigation of these challenging waters.

    It has been crafted into an easily digestible volume which concisely outlines a combination of principles that will inevitably produce a winning strategy to be a highly motivated, readily adaptable, and successful trainee.

    The thoughts expressed in this book will spur invaluable self-reflection and enable the reader to fabricate an armamentarium of weaponry that can be tactically applied in the trenches of clinical warfare as well as to develop the strength, perseverance, and endurance to surge forward when the going gets tough. Some of this advice is frank, blunt, and brutally honest, but will be instrumental in maintaining an even keel throughout the grueling training process and prevent the reader from making some of the same mistakes that the author himself naively committed.

    Despite the differences that distinguish the numerous specialties of medicine and surgery, each chapter of this book contains valuable insight that all trainees can draw from regardless of specialty. By utilizing and employing the tools discussed, opportunities presented throughout the course of your residency training and beyond can be translated into successes that you will continually be able to build upon, hone, and polish throughout your career as a respected and well-rounded physician and professional.


    “Encouraged as a ‘must-read’ text for one considering entry to medical school and as the requisite text for the student entering accredited residency training.” Kirby I. Bland MD FACS, Professor of Surgery and Chair Emeritus, UAB Department of Surgery, Birmingham, Alabama, USA.

    “Why would you not read this book before approaching your residency?” Jonothan J. Earnshaw DM FRCS, Editor in Chief, British Journal of Surgery.

    “This novel little book is chock-full of survival advice and practical points...” Kenneth L. Mattox MD FACS, Distinguished Service Professor, Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery, Baylor College of Medicine, and Chief of Staff/Chief of Surgery at the Ben Taub General Hospital, Houston, Texas, USA.

  • The Little Book of Medical Quotes

    The Little Book of Medical Quotes

    This rich collection of quotations, spanning multiple millennia from the ancient epochs to the contemporary era, is comprised of over five hundred inspirational thoughts and universal ideals enduringly coupled to the art, science, and philosophy of medical practice. These selected quotations encompass a wide breadth of keen observations and aphorisms directly linked to the history, grounding principles, and fundamental theories of medicine and surgery. The quotations in this volume have been drawn from past generations of legendary physicians and intrepid explorers of medical science as well as distinguished anatomists, physiologists, philosophers, writers, artists, and statesmen. The reader will ponder logical precepts, universal truths, and cogent words of guidance from ancient physicians and philosophers such as Hippocrates, Aristotle, and Socrates as well as be offered sage counsel from giants of medical history including Armand Trousseau, Sir William Osler, and Michael DeBakey, among many others. Additionally, the reader will hear the poignant words of world-renowned medical scientists such as Claude Bernard, Jonas Salk, and Marie Curie. There are also enlightening tenets from celebrated Renaissance men, scientists, and innovators including Leonardo da Vinci, Sir Isaac Newton, and Albert Einstein. This unique collection of motivational quotes substantively addresses the pursuit of success in medical practice. Consider these quotations a daily dose of inspiration regardless of the particular discipline or specialty of medicine you have chosen to pursue. These quotations have the capacity to bring into clear focus the fundamentals and principles that are illustrative of sound medical practice, empathetic patient care, and humble professionalism. These thoughts are cognitively stimulating to ponder and at times are refreshingly witty and even humorous. In a medical world that has become overwhelmingly inundated with convoluted electronic health records and complex diagnostic services, these time-tested precepts will convey a modicum of simplicity and brightness upon the complex world in which we practice medicine.
  • SCHEIN'S COMMON SENSE Emergency Abdominal Surgery

    SCHEIN'S COMMON SENSE Emergency Abdominal Surgery

    Since Mondor’s times in the forties of the last century there was no other book in surgery to be written so easy and witty… Boris D. Savchuk, World Journal of Surgery This, the fifth edition of Schein’s Common Sense Emergency Abdominal Surgery, builds on the reputation of the four previous editions.

    Already a worldwide benchmark, translated into half a dozen languages, this book guides surgeons logically through the minefields of assessment and management of acute surgical abdominal conditions. Tyro and experienced surgeons alike will benefit from the distilled wisdom contained in these pages. The direct, no-nonsense style gives clear guidance while at the same time providing amusing (or saddening) insights into our collective surgical psyche.

    Old chapters were revised or rewritten and new chapters have been added, including a completely new colorectal section with its new co-editor. Finally, in an attempt to ‘rejuvenate’ the book, Danny took over the helm while the aging Moshe was pushed down the line…


    Selected reviews and comments from readers of the previous edition

    “What to say, perhaps the most appropriate medical book ever written.”

    “This is written with short punchy chapters making it a very difficult book to put down.”

    “By the end I was a total enthusiast… this is a text like no other I read… Unreservedly recommended to old and young alike.”

    “A Must Have Book. I am about to end my chief year in general surgery residency — my copy of the first edition shows the wear of half a dozen total read throughs and probably hundreds of ‘referencings’...

    ” “Simply perfect. The best choice in surgery for trainees! It makes the more difficult surgery areas very easy to understand. I recommend it to all surgeons.”

    “One of the best books I have read in my life! Must read for all docs out there.”

  • The Little Book of Aphorisms & Quotations for the Surgeon

    The Little Book of Aphorisms & Quotations for the Surgeon

    Dr Moshe Schein has previously compiled two books of surgical aphorisms and quotations — the first book Aphorisms & Quotations for the Surgeon, with its 1500 quotations, and the slimmer A Companion to Aphorisms & Quotations for the Surgeon. Since their publication, both books have become steady bestsellers.

    Surgeons use the books to ‘decorate’ their lectures or manuscripts with relevant smart or entertaining entries; some like to quote from the books during teaching rounds or conferences; many simply enjoy them for their collective and eternal surgical wisdom and wit. Now, as Moshe is drifting towards retirement, here is the last in the trilogy of this international bestselling series — The Little Book of Aphorisms & Quotations for the Surgeon. The quotes collected within this little book have been gathered since the publication of the last two books in the series.

    As before, these aphorisms and quotations are retrieved from multiple sources: journals, books, lectures and, more and more, gathered from surgical friends around the world. The decision to include any entry is based on personal taste. Some would question the wisdom or accuracy of individual entries; others may not ‘get’ the humor or may object to political incorrectness. But it is hoped that most readers, especially younger surgeons, will discover that surgical truth is old, that what they think is a novel idea has been said before, and that what they observe around them — has been observed years ago. It may contribute to their humanity and humility, perhaps even add maturity to their surgical personality and practice.

    In addition, with a bit of luck, it may increase their sense of surgical humor — for how can one survive a lifelong surgical career without possessing some of it?

    Common sense and a sense of humor are the same thing, moving at different speeds. A sense of humor is just common sense, dancing. Those who lack humor are without judgment and should be trusted with nothing. Clive James (1939-2019)


Welcome to TFM Publishing Ltd

As an independent family-owned company specialising in academic medical publishing, we are proud that our publishing programme includes the work of some highly respected international authors.

The company continues to grow its academic range, particularly in the areas of intensive care and critical care medicine, anaesthesia, vascular medicine, cardiology, cardiothoracic surgery, general surgery, trauma and urology.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact the Directors — Nikki Bramhill or Paul Lawrence.