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About us

Welcome to tfm publishing’s website.

An award-winning publisher

We are an independent family-owned company specialising in academic medical publishing. Our main area of publishing focus is in the fields of anaesthesia, critical care and intensive care medicine, general surgery, trauma, cardiology, cardiothoracic surgery, vascular surgery and urology. The majority of our books are also available in various e-book formats — epub, mobi and web pdf — and these are available from many e-book suppliers including, but not limited to, the following: Proquest, Apple, amazon, Ingram, MyiLibrary, EBSCO, Google, Ebrary, Kobo, Rittenhouse, Dawsons, Gardners, Ellibs, Elib, Numilog, Overdrive, Lavoisier.

Our established bestsellers like ‘Top Knife’, ‘Aphorisms and Quotations for the Surgeon’, ‘Key Questions in Cardiac Surgery’, ‘Key Questions in Thoracic Surgery’ and our anaesthesia/intensive care examination books continue to sell well. ‘Key Questions in Congenital Cardiac Surgery’ is moving ahead and will complement the other two existing books in this super successful series. ‘Blood, Sweat and Tears — Becoming a Better Surgeon’, by Dr. Philip F. Stahel MD FACS, Director, Department of Orthopedics, Denver Health Medical Center, is proving to be a winning formula. ‘The Medical & Surgical Residency Survival Guide — How to Build a Tactical Advantage for Success’ has been a very useful addition to the medical literature and is very popular with residents as they navigate through their education and training. The new series of exam question books — the MedQ4exams series — was launched in 2019 and is helping medical students to prepare for their final exams. ‘SBAs, EMQs & SAQs in MEDICINE’ and ‘SBAs, EMQs & SAQs in SURGERY’ were the first two books in the series, and a further two books are planned for later in 2021.

A particularly important book for 2020 will be the publication of ‘Cystitis unmasked’. It will uncover the truth about the current tests and criteria used to define UTI, discuss antimicrobial resistance and uncover the science and ground-breaking research on UTIs. Above all, it will offer a key to the successful treatment of this debilitating condition.

Other releases for 2020 are: ‘Schein's Common Sense Emergency Abdominal Surgery’, 5th edition, which follows on the heels of the already successful previous editions; ‘The Little Book of Medical Quotes’; The Little Book of Aphorisms & Quotations for the Surgeon’ — the last in the trilogy in this bestselling series; and ‘Chronic Pain Management’ which will cover important topics in chronic pain relevant to a broad range of clinicians.

Building on the success of our existing bestselling titles, tfm is also planning to publish further editions of ‘Fetal Cardiology Simplified’, ‘Key Questions in Cardiac Surgery’ and our anaesthesia/intensive care examination books. We are also looking to extend our range of exam question books and the ‘Key Questions’ series.

Our books continue to receive critical acclaim and we receive many outstanding reviews in leading impact factor journals for each specialty. Every year since 2005, we have been delighted when our books continue to win awards in the annual BMA Medical Book Competition. More recently, ‘Key Questions in Cardiac Surgery’, ‘Smart Surgeons; Sharp Decisions — Cognitive skills to avoid errors and achieve results’ and ‘Evidence-based Management of Stroke’ won a Highly Commended Award.

tfm publishing Ltd is well-known for its high-quality academic textbooks. Attention to detail is of the utmost importance in the production of any of our books, although we are also renowned for our quick turnaround. One of our main strengths is that from manuscript to finished product typically takes less than eight months. This means that our books are as absolutely current as they can be when they reach the market.

We look forward to doing business with you. We are also particularly keen to discuss rights sales and e-book opportunities on our range of titles.


Nikki Bramhill and Paul Lawrence

Directors, tfm publishing Ltd.