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FRCS (General Surgery): A Road to Success

A HIGHLY RECOMMENDED BOOK FOR FRCS (GENERAL SURGERY) INTERCOLLEGIATE EXIT EXAM IN THE UNITED KINGDOM AND IRELAND. It covers the important topics set out by the Joint Committee on Intercollegiate Examinations and Joint Surgical Colleges Fellowship Examinations Board of United Kingdom and Ireland. The book is structured in the form of 'questions and answers', similar to how it will be tested in the exam. The text is complemented by liberal use of clinical images, radiographs, illustrations and flow charts to enable the reader to consolidate existing knowledge on common topics and easily comprehend unfamiliar clinical conditions. Each chapter commences with a short synopsis followed by a list of diagnoses. This is followed by a number of clinical scenarios. Following this, the answers are structured in the form of 'Diagnosis matched with clinical features and images'. The Q&A will flow in the format of a viva-voce. The management section comprises of questions related to clinical presentation, diagnostic criteria, pathophysiology of the condition, guidelines to follow, appropriate investigations and treatment options including surgery. The book will thus enable to approach each topic in the format one will be tested in the exam.

List of Chapters
  • Oesophagus
  • Stomach and Duodenum
  • Small Intestine, Large Intestine and Rectum
  • Anus and Anal Canal
  • Gallbladder and Bile Ducts
  • Pancreas
  • Liver and Spleen
  • Hernia and Abdominal Wall
  • Obesity and Metabolic Surgery
  • Arteries and Aneurysms
  • Venous System
  • Lymphatic Disorders of Lower Limbs
  • Breast
  • Thyroid
  • Parathyroid Glands
  • Adrenal Glands
  • Neuroendocrines
  • Pituitary Gland
  • Head and Neck
  • Trauma and Military Surgery
  • General Surgery of Childhood
  • Remote and Rural Surgery
  • Academic Surgery
  • Transplantation
  • Skin Conditions
  • Genitourinary Surgery
  • Critical Care and Applied Physiology
  • Pain Relief, Local Anaesthesia and Palliation
  • General Principles of the FRCS Examination

ISBN: 978-93-80573-26-7
Print Copy
£ 65.00

Electronic copy
£ 24.50
(Ref. FRCSARS01)

Authors’ details


Mr Pradip K Datta MBE, MS, FRCS (Ed), FRCS (Eng), FRCS (Irel), FRCS (Glasg)
Honorary Consultant General Surgeon
Caithness General Hospital, Wick, Scotland
Principal Course Tutor, ‘The Christie FRCS Course’, Manchester
Formerly, Examiner for FRCS and MRCS; Member of Council (2000-2012) and Honorary Secretary (2003-2007),
Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.

Mr C R Selvasekar MD, FRCS (Ed), FRCS (Gen), PG Cert (Med Ed), P.G.Dip (Health Executive)
Consultant Colorectal and Laparoscopic Surgeon
The Christie NHS Foundation Trust, Manchester
Honorary Senior Lecturer, University of Manchester
UK National Trainer for Laparoscopic Colorectal Surgery
Regional Surgical Advisor and Surgical Tutor
Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.


Professor Christopher J.K. Bulstrode, MA Zoology, MA NatSci (Cantab), MCh, BM BCh, FRCS (Orth)
Emeritus Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery
University of Oxford, Oxford
Formerly, Elected Member of the General Medical Council of Great Britain and of the Council of the Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh;
Past Member of the Court of Examiners, Royal College of Surgeons England and Intercollegiate Board of Trauma and Orthopaedics.

List of Contributors

Mr Harry Bulstrode MA (Cantab), BM BCh
Neurosurgery Registrar, Wessex Neurological Centre
Research Training Fellow, University College London

Mr Tunde Campbell FRCS
Consultant Transplant Surgeon
Central Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust
Manchester Royal Infirmary, Manchester

Mr Sumohan Chatterjee MBBS, FRCS (Eng), FRCS (Gen Surg)
Consultant Oncoplastic Breast Surgeon
Salford Royal Foundation NHS Trust
Salford, Lancashire

Mr Pradip K Datta MBE, MS, FRCS (Ed), FRCS (Eng), FRCS (Irel), FRCS (Glasg)
Honorary Consultant Surgeon, Caithness General Hospital
Wick, Scotland

Mr Stuart Enoch MBBS, MRCSEd, PGCert (Med Sci), MRCS (Eng), PhD
Director for Education and Research
Doctors Academy Group, Cardiff
Clinical Lead – Centre for Studies in Wound Care and Burns, India

Dr Vidya Kasipandian MBBS, FRCA, FFICM
Clinical Lead in Critical Care
Consultant in Critical Care and Anaesthesia
The Christie NHS Foundation Trust, Manchester

Miss Vasha Kaur MBChB (Hons.), MRCS, FRCS, Adv.Dip. Med Sci. (Dean’s List)
Surgical Trainee & Darzi Fellow
London Deanery

Mr G K Mahadev MD, MRCS, AFRCS, FRCS (Gen)
Consultant Surgeon & S Lecturer
University of Manchester

Mr Rajive Jose MS, DNB, MCh (Plast), FRCS (Plast), Dip Hand Surg (BSSH)
Consultant Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon
University Hospital of Birmingham

Mr Iain Nixon PhD, FRCS
Consultant ENT Surgeon
East Kent University Hospitals Foundation Trust

Professor Mamoon Rashid FRCS, FCPS (Pak)
Professor of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Shifa College of Medicine
Consultant Plastic Surgeon and Programme Director
Shifa International Hospital, Islamabad, Pakistan

Mr Abdus Samee MS, FRCS, MD, FRCS (Gen)
Department of Surgery
University Hospital of North Staffordshire

Mr C R Selvasekar MD, FRCS (Ed), FRCS (Gen), PG Cert (Med Ed), P.G.Dip (Health Executive)
Consultant Colorectal and Laparoscopic Surgeon
The Christie NHS Foundation Trust
Honorary Senior Lecturer, University of Manchester

Mr Siba Senapathi MS, FRCS, FRCS (Gen Surg)
Consultant Upper GI and Bariatric Surgeon
Salford Royal University Teaching Hospital
Salford, Lancashire

Mr Sriram Rajagopalan MD, FRCS
Consultant in Vascular Surgery
University Hospital North Staffordshire NHS Trust (& Leighton Hospital, Crewe)

Mr Nicholas A. Stylianides MB ChB, MRCS, FRCSEd (Gen Surg)
Specialist Registrar in General Surgery
Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust
Salford, Lancashire

Mr Malcolm Wilson MD, FRCS
Consultant Colorectal and Pelvic Oncology Surgeon
The Christie NHS Foundation Trust

Artists and Illustrators

Chief Illustrator

Miss Jennifer Khan-Perez BSc
Intercalating Medical Student (years 4-5)
MRes Tissue Engineering for Regenerative Medicine
Faculty of Life Sciences, University of Manchester
Lead for Medical Illustrations, Doctors Academy (Intl)


Dr Andrew Kennedy-Dalby BSc, MB ChB
Foundation Doctor
The Royal Oldham Hospital
Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust

Miss Alice Mortimer BSc
3rd Year Medical Student
Royal Preston Hospital
University of Manchester

Miss Elizabeth Carr BSc (Hons)
5th Year Medical Student
University Hospital South Manchester
University of Manchester

Miss Aïcha Rais BSc
3rd Year Medical Student
Manchester Royal Infirmary
University of Manchester

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