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Year : 2022  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 203

Fact and fun in surgery: A companion to surgical study by Dr C. S. Rajan

Department of Surgery, RG Kar Medical College, Kolkata, West Bengal, India

Date of Submission23-Jul-2022
Date of Decision29-Jul-2022
Date of Acceptance29-Jul-2022
Date of Web Publication29-Aug-2022

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Ramanuj Mukherjee
Department of Surgery, RG Kar Medical College, Kolkata, West Bengal
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/JME.JME_98_22

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Mukherjee R. Fact and fun in surgery: A companion to surgical study by Dr C. S. Rajan. J Med Evid 2022;3:203

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Mukherjee R. Fact and fun in surgery: A companion to surgical study by Dr C. S. Rajan. J Med Evid [serial online] 2022 [cited 2023 Jun 7];3:203. Available from: http://www.journaljme.org/text.asp?2022/3/2/203/355003

Book Name : Fact & Fun in Surgery: A Companion to Surgical Study

Authors : CS Rajan

Publisher : Stardom Books

Number of Pages : 502 pages

Year of Publication : 2021

ISBN : 978-1736948613

Volume : 1

Books that Surgeons (and surgeons in making) read may be broadly divided as:

  1. Academic books pertaining to the Subject, Sub- or Super-speciality or even a disease or operative procedure!
  2. Esoteric Reading that pertains to a borderline between Fact and Fiction and reflects on various topics such as ethics, malpractice and personal experiences of Surgeons which put in a narrative style
  3. Fiction and Nonfiction (I doubt how many have the courage to read so after a day work) which takes the Surgeon to another realm much different from his/her practice of Blood and Glory.

There is a Rare book that we come across that has the Classification that you heard in the last conference, the Footnote Surgical History that invokes the Déjà Vu of Medical School and the witty WhatsApp message that you had secretly planned on cracking tomorrow at the lunch table.

The Paperback book entitled “Fact and Fun in Surgery” written by Dr C. S. Rajan is only one such rare jewel that adorns all such titles.

To a Senior Surgeon, it is a Memoir of wit and wisdom; To a Registrar, the last minute reckoner before the afternoon undergraduate class, it is a must-read pre-examination night Memoir for a Surgical resident.

However, what I enjoyed the most was the immense treasure house for a Quizmaster, compiled by one of the legendary quizmasters of the last decade in the Surgical Quizzing arena.

What did I learn from the book? Facts or Fun? Probably, that it needs a brilliant teacher to imbibe that HALSTED stands for the seven principles of Surgery, namely H for handling tissue gently, Leave blood supply intact, Strict Asepsis…and…I will wait for you to solve the next alphabets. However, the best bit I read is always the wit at the footnote: 'Pus is like the truth, you have to let it out'; it makes you turn the page to read the next!

What the book lacks is clever illustrations and cartoons to match the wit, intellect and humour of the text. If you have read Mosche Schein, this is a Must-read for you.

In one word, Unputdownable … Waiting for the next edition.

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