Surgical trainees need to gain a good understanding of the nature of the diseases they are treating and to build their own repertoire of surgical operations. They must also pass very searching examinations, and there is constant great pressure, within a limited time period, to obtain not only experience and training but also a considerable amount of factual and practical knowledge. Principles of Surgical Practice has been designed to meet the needs of Basic Surgical Trainees approaching the viva part of the final assessment, which tests their knowledge of operative surgery, intensive care and pathology. The editors have drawn upon the experience of a team of recognised experts and capable surgical trainers to provide their perspective on the various aspects of surgical management. Information is presented in a way that makes learning as efficient as possible, and contains sufficient detail to cover all aspects of the viva examination. This book is indispensable to the basic surgical trainee, and will also provide the established surgeon and other healthcare professionals working in the surgical environment with an overview of the key principles underpinning modern surgical practice.