Bailey and Love

Bailey and Love is considered to be the Best book for surgery for MBBS

The first edition of this revered textbook was published by Hamilton Bailey and McNeil Love in 1932. 

Since then this book has been used by generations of surgeons to get the required theoretical knowledge for general surgery. 

This book has been a holy grail for both MBBS and Postgraduate students who want to master the basics of surgery. 

Its reputation for unambiguous advice makes it the first point of reference for students & practising surgeons worldwide. 

Each and every line of this book is to the point and is worth remembering. Because of these attributes it is also one of the favourite books for examiners who frame questions for various competitive and licensing exams like NEET PG, NEET SS, MRCS and FRCS.

But not all students are able to read it fully as they don't know the right way to retain and recall the concepts and facts it has to offer. 

First of all, get it if you don't have it yet. Here is the Bailey and Love - Amazon Books Link


The books by foreign authors mostly focus on concepts rather than rote facts just to be memorized, but Indians textbooks and exams mainly focus on the factual aspects. 


We Indian students are thus stuck between the two worlds and are actually not able find the right balance between the two approaches. 


Each chapter in Bailey and Love has a few topics and important lines with core concepts which are important with respect to the MBBS University exam and the NEET PG Exam.

Preparing for MBBS Surgery University Exam from Bailey and Love

  • First make a list of chapter wise University Questions, and then read from each chapter of Bailey and Love topic by topic
  • Try to take topic wise notes with headings and subheadings as you go - You can choose to take notes on a laptop (MS Word), Ipad (with Apple Pencil) or the good old pen and paper
  • Revise these notes, add more information as you come across some points that you may have missed and keep them ready for the final revision before your university exams.

Preparing for NEET PG Entrance exam from Bailey and Love

  • MCQs are actually made from a few lines in each page that are worth remembering and form a part of core concept of the subject, so when you are reading bailey from mcq preparation point of  view, you need to highlight these points 
  • You can use a highlighter on a paper book or annotation tools on IPAD where you can underline or highlight using an Apple pencil (this is how I study these days).
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NEET SS Exam Inspiration


The NEET SS exam is scheduled for September 15th 2020. At this conjecture, I am tempted to tell you that this is the most important exam of your lives. But the truth is far from that. This is the least important of all the exams you have attempted. Most of you are practising surgeons or OB-GYNs. You have the privilege of being in the best profession in the world. You can operate on patients and get paid for that. Surgery is one of the few professions where you don't have to choose between earning a living and giving back to society. 


A super-specialty is a modern construct. A product of newer  times where rat races are considered fashionable. At heart you are all brilliant surgeons. A lack of an MCh is not going to harm your credibility in any way. In a modern society, where you are plagued by pressure to over-perform and win imaginary races, it is very important that this message is conveyed. Some of the best surgeons in the world are general surgeons. Having said this, I am going to be the happiest man in the word when brilliant students top the coming NEET SS exams. I am sure many of you are going to perform brilliantly. A superspeciality is an fantastic opportunity to expand your skills in certain core areas. It offers you a window to pursue surgical excellence in certain highly specialized topics. But there is always more to life than degrees. 


You are an amazing child to your parents. You are the sweetest person your partners could hope for. You are the best parent your children (current/imagined/future) could ever possibly have. Take in the sunshine. Enjoy the splashing rains. Sip your drink slowly while you relish the setting sun. Small things in life matter. 


Relish your profession. Admire your anastomosis. Grin proudly under your mask when the skin approximates perfectly. Small things in surgery also do matter. 


May the force be with you. 

Love,

Vinayak Rengan





Vinayak Rengan is a General surgeon from Chennai who completed his Surgical residency at Madras Medical College. He is a compulsive news junkie who regularly writes for print media and runs a blog The Stonebench where he writes on technology, public health and politics . He is the co-founder of Surgtest - a surgical education platform which helps surgeons prepare for NEET SS and MRCS.



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Surgical NEET SS Exam Preparation and Books

Contents

Pattern of Surgical NEET SS Exam 

  1. You can choose a maximum of two super speciality courses for which your broad specialty qualification is eligible.
  2. 40% of the questions shall be from General Surgery and the remaining 60% shall be from the super specialty course selected.

Books for preparation for General Surgery NEET SS (40% Questions)

Surgery Essence 7th Edition 2019 By Pritesh Singh





 

Staff members sanitise chairs and tables as part of preparations ahead of NEET exam in Bikaner (PTI)
Staff members sanitise chairs and tables as part of preparations ahead of NEET exam in Bikaner (PTI)

The National Eligibility cum Entrance Examination is also known as "NEET" is a.common entrance examination for the medical aspirants. NEET is conducted to determine the eligibility of the students to get admission for MBBS and other undergraduate medical courses in approved/recognized medical colleges in India and abroad. 

It is very interesting that NEET UG is being conducted for a whooping 15 lakh students amid covid scare amid social distancing precautions. The exam was originally scheduled for 3 May, but was pushed to 26 July, and then to 13 Sept. It has been surrounded in a lot of controversy and has faced a lot of opposition from candidates and parents because of evident risk of COVID 19 spread in a exam of this scale. Following precautions have been taken to implement social distancing measures:
  • number of exam centres have been increased from 2,546 to 3,843
  • number of candidates per room has been reduced from earlier 24 to 12
  • arrangements have been made outside examination centres to enable candidates stand with adequate social distancing while waiting
  • Each candidate will be offered a three-ply mask 
Students and parents are still voicing to postpone the exam by tweeting with #BanNEET and #NEETisSocial_Injustice. It is feared that many candidates may not be able to appear in the exam due to issues with lock down and transport problems. 

We wish all NEET UG aspirants follow all the precautions judiciously and hope they are able to reach their exam centers safely and succeed in the exam. 

References


Reading all the prescribed books during General Surgery residency, everyone knows that it is easier said than done. So it is necessary to know about few basic textbooks which are a must read.

You must have heard a very popular saying

"He who studies medicine without books sails an uncharted sea, but he who studies medicine without patients does not go to sea at all."
So the first step to learn surgery is reading the right books and having enough working knowledge for clinical and surgical application.

Best General Surgery textbooks for Surgery Residents 

For reading general surgery, first book that comes to mind is Bailey and Love. As most of us have read it during our MBBS. But usually by the time we join General surgery residency, all the information stored in our brain evaporates. Bailey and Love is the preferred textbook for MRCS Part A and B examinations which aim to test basic surgical knowledge.

While choosing best textbook for surgery you need to keep Surgery NEET SS and DNB CET SS entrance in mind. For MCh and DNB SS, in terms of depth of information, Bailey alone is not adequate.

Amongst Sabiston and Schwartz, Sabiston is usually the choice for NEET SS and DNB CET SS entrance. One of them must be read.

For your university exams SRB is a life saver, cannot miss its mention here. SRB tackles most of the topics from which Long notes and Short notes are asked in MS Gen Surgery university examinations.       

Bailey and Love's Short Practice Of Surgery

Sabiston's Textbook of Surgery - If you want to choose one single textbook to read, I would recommend Sabiston.


Best Operative Surgery textbooks for Surgery Residents

Reading a separate book for operative surgery is an important but neglected aspect in a surgical residency. They are typically used as reference books. Once you know the list of cases to be posted on the next day, it is advised to read and understand the relevant anatomy and operative steps before going to watch or assist the case. Many studies show that lack of perfect knowledge of operative steps can adversely impact the performance in surgery.  Any one of the following operative surgery books can be used:



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The latest edition of Bailey and Love as of May 2020 is 27th Edition. The publishing date for 27th edition is 16 November 2018. Previous edition release dates are as follows:


  • 26th - 18 Feb 2013
  • 25th - 27 Jun 2008 
  • 24th - 26 Mar 2004 
  • 23rd - 25 Apr 2000 
As per this trend it seems that they publish a new edition of bailey and love every 4-5 years. So I guess there is a long wait for Bailey and Love 28th edition to get published. You could expect the 28th edition of Bailey and Love surgery to come by 2022-2023.

Here is the link to the International Student's Edition of Bailey and Love - 27th Edition that you can buy at a discounted price in India.

It is considered to be the Best book for surgery for MBBS. The 27th edition is less bulky and excludes some unimportant things (tables, epidemiological facts etc ) and is more colourful and attractive. Language is very easy to understand. If you are a surgery aspirant, this is the best book for surgery. Not at all like other famous bigger books with small font and endless literature which is not actionable and is low yield. But surgery steps are not given for most of surgeries, so you will have to refer to some operative surgery books for surgical steps. As for those facing problems in exam preparation due to difficulty in recalling after reading Bailey, my advice would be to make your own bullet notes as you read the chapters.

Here is a Youtube video with the interview by the authors of Bailey and Love with their comments and updates about Bailey and Love 27th Edition.


Studying surgery with Bailey & Love: an overview for trainees, students & surgical consultants

Here is another video by Prof. P. Ronan O’Connell, one of the editors of Bailey and Love. In this video he gives his views regarding his future plans for Bailey and Love and what it takes to come up with a new edition.







Testimonial Videos of Bailey and Love textbook by readers









References:


WHICH ONE IS BETTER FOR FINAL YEAR UNDERGRADUATE FOR SURGERY, BAILEY AND LOVE OR SRB?

bailey and love latest edition
(Bailey and Love latest edition- 27th edition)


Introduction: Bailey and Love's Surgery

The first edition of this revered textbook was published by Hamilton Bailey and McNeil Love in 1932. Since then this book has been used by generations of surgeons to get the required theoretical knowledge for general surgery. This book has been a holy grail for both MBBS and Post graduate students who want to master the basics of surgery. Its reputation for unambiguous advice makes it the first point of reference for students & practising surgeons worldwide. Each and every line of this book is to the point and is worth remembering. Because of these attributes it is also one of the favourite books for examiners who frame questions for various competitive and licensing exams like NEET PG, NEET SS, MRCS and FRCS.


Here is the link to the International Student's Edition of Bailey and Love - 27th Edition that you can buy at a discounted price in India.


The international  27th Edition of Bailey and Love comes in 2 volumes as against a single volume before.  So it's easier to handle while studying.



Now in its 27th edition, the content has been thoroughly revised and updated while retaining its traditional strengths. Following are the newly added chapters:



  • Tissue Engineering and Regeneration
  • Tropical Infestations
  • Human Factors and Quality Control
  • Molecular Diagnosis
  • Conflict Surgery
  • Parathyroid (As separate chapter now)
Bailey and Love Surgery 27th Edition
Amazon India Link: http://amzn.to/2nO8bC9


Apart from this there is has been significant changes in the content and new list of topics that have been added. Below is the change in total number of pages:

Total Pages in Bailey and Love 26th Edition: 1517

Total Pages in Bailey and Love 27th Edition: 1611


It is considered to be the Best book for surgery for MBBS. The 27th edition is less bulky and excludes some unimportant things (tables, epidemiological facts etc ) and is more colourful and attractive. Language is very easy to understand. If you are a surgery aspirant, this is the best book for surgery. Not at all like other famous bigger books with small font and endless literature which is not actionable and is low yield. But surgery steps are not given for most of surgeries, so you will have to refer to some operative surgery books for surgical steps.

Here is a Youtube video with the interview by the authors of Bailey and Love with there comments and updates about Bailey and Love 27th Edition.


Studying surgery with Bailey & Love: an overview for trainees, students & surgical consultants



Here is another video by Prof. P. Ronan O’Connell, one of the editors of Bailey and Love. In this video he gives his views regarding his future plans for Bailey and Love and what it takes to come up with a new edition.







Testimonial Videos of Bailey and Love Surgery textbook by readers









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Which are the best books (Subject-wise) for preparing for NEET PG Entrance?

Best Books for NEET PG 2020

AnatomyRajesh Kaushal
PhysiologyDr. Souman Manna
BiochemistryRebecca James
PharmacologyGobind Rai Garg and Sparsh Gupta
PathologySparsh Gupta
MicrobiologyApurba Sastry

Rachna Chaurasia
Forensic MedicineArvind Arora
MedicineDeepak Marwah
Surgery
(Best mcq books for surgery - MBBS)
Pritesh Singh
PSMVivek Jain
OBS and GynaeSakshi Arora
ENTManisha Sinha and Sachin Budhiraja
OphthalmologyRuchi Rai

Sudha Seetharam 
PediatricsTaruna Mehra
OrthopedicsApurv Mehra
DermatologySaurabh Jindal
AnesthesiaVivek Jain
RadiologyRajat Jain

Mayur Arun Kulkarni 
PsychiatryPraveen Tripathi
Image-BasedPHOTON or Final Edge

Here is a list of prescribed books for NEET PG preparation by few successful candidates on Quora:

You can view and purchase all these books on Amazon India at this Link

Dr Giridharan Shanmugam (AIIMS rank 88, JIPMER rank 103, NEET PG rank 760)
ANATOMY — Chaurasia; Arvind Arora
PHYSIOLOGY — CRISP
BIOCHEMISTRY - Vasudevan; Rebecca James
PATHOLOGY — Robbins; Vandana Puri
MICROBIOLOGY — Anathanarayanan; Apurba shastry
FM — Sumer sethi
ENT — Dhingra; Sakshi Arora
OPHTHAL — Khurana; Sudha Seetharaman
MEDICINE — Harrisons; Deepak Marwah, Vinod Khanna
SURGERY — SRB; Rajamahendran
OG — Shaw and Mudaliar; Sakshi Arora
PAEDIATRICS — Ghai; Around Arora
ORTHO — Maheshwary; Apuev Mehra
RADIOLOGY and DERM — Arvind arora


Dr Kesha Meghashyam (JIPMER : AIR 1, PGI 2017 : AIR 3, AIIMS 2017 : AIR 17)
Anatomy- Pulse + Rajesh Kaushal notes
Physiology- Soumen Manna
Biochem- Rebecca James
Pathology- Devesh Mishra
Pharmacology- Ranjan Kumar Patel
Forensic- Sumit Seth
Microbiology- Apurba Sastry
ENT- Manisha
Opthalmology - Sudha Seetharam
SPM- Vivek Jain
Medicine- Mudit Khanna
Pediatrics- Sushanta Bhanja
Surgery- Pritesh + Surgery Sixer by RRM
Gynae & Obs- Punit Bhojani
Orthopedics- Apurv Mehra
Radiology- Sumer Seth
Skin- Pulse

Below are few comments about each of these books:

Best MCQ Books for Anatomy

Dr. Raviraj

  • You can easily revise the subject in 10-15 days with this.
  • Concise, diagrams are good 

Rajesh Kaushal 

  • Very good presentation makes it interesting to read
  • Has a bit too much information and is too detailed, revision later may be a problematic

Best MCQ Books for Physiology

Dr. Souman Manna

  • Covers all topics asked in exam
  • All concepts are simplified and easy to understand

CRISP by Dr S Krishna Kumar

  • A bit more detailed

Best MCQ Book for Biochemistry

Rebecca James

  • Well compiled with all important facts and concepts. 
  • Enough for biochemistry part of PG entrance exams
  • Also contains image based questions

Best MCQ Books for Pharmacology

Gobind Rai Garg and Sparsh Gupta

  • Covers whole syllabus  and the book has a lucid language .
  • Nothing more is needed to prepare for pharmacology apart from this book

Ranjan Patel

  • Question, answer and explanation on same page. You don't have to turn the page to see explanation after each  Mcq.

Best MCQ Books for Pathology

Devesh Mishra

  • Concise, to the point and more readable 
  • Written by a pathologist

Gobind Rai Garg and Sparsh Gupta

  • Has both theory for revision and MCQs 
  • Also mentions questions asked in AIIMS exam
  • Written by a pharmacology MD

Best MCQ Books for Microbiology

Apurba Sastry

  • Great book for clear concepts
  • Bestselling book on the subject
  • Loads of diagrams, good quality images

Rachna Chaurasia


  • Chapter-wise MCQs with detailed explanations
  • Includes images


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