Bailey & Love’s Short Practice of Surgery remains one of the world’s pre-eminent medical textbooks, beloved by generations of surgeons, with lifetime sales in excess of one million copies. Now in its 26th edition, the book’s traditional strengths are combined with the latest updates in effective clinical examination and soundly based surgical principles, while taking account throughout of the latest developments in surgical practice. The eminent editorial team comprises three editors with experience gained over previous editions, and as a result text features enthusiastically received in the previous edition have been retained but developed where appropriate in light of reader feedback and the input of the editors. The content retains the sub-division into Parts to ensure a logical sequence and grouping of related chapters throughout. The new edition opens with sections devoted to the underlying principles of surgical practice, investigation and diagnosis, and pre-operative care. These are followed by chapters covering all aspects of surgical trauma. The remainder of the book considers each of the surgical specialties in turn, from elective orthopaedics through skin, head and neck, breast and endocrine, cardiothoracic and vascular, to abdominal and genitourinary. Bailey and Love has a wide appeal to all those studying surgery, from undergraduate medical students to those in preparation for their postgraduate surgical examinations. In addition, its high standing and reputation for unambiguous advice also make it the first point of reference for many practising surgeons.