These are the most recommended and best surgery books for medical students, residents and attendings by surveying many of the US residency program directors and faculty. This list is intended to be a first aid and a guide for the medical students, surgery residents and attendings to the books which they need to get to ace in there rotations and practice.

The list is divided into four categories. The first one is for the pocket books that you can carry at any level of education or practice. The second group is for medical students doing their surgery rotations, for shelf exams and for those going for interviews, you will be asked which books you have on the shelf so be prepared. The third list is for the surgery residents and attendings for their daily reading and reference. The fourth group is for the people preparing for the surgery board exam.

For all other specialties please check the link tabs at the top of this page.

Pocket Books

Surgical Anatomy and Technique: A Pocket Manual (Skandalakis)

The Washington Manual of Surgery

Surgical Recall

The Sanford Guide to Antimicrobial Therapy 2013

Tarascon Pocket Pharmacopoeia 2013 Classic Shirt Pocket Edition

Books for Medical Students for Surgery rotations

NMS Surgery

Case Files Surgery

NMS Surgery Casebook

The Mont Reid Surgical Handbook

Surgery Residency Interview Questions and Answers

Books for Surgery Residents and Attendings

Schwartz's Principles of Surgery (Top choice)

Zollinger's Atlas of Surgical Operations

Current Surgical Therapy

Fischer's Mastery of Surgery

Operative Anatomy

Top Knife: Art and Craft in Trauma Surgery

Cope's Early Diagnosis of the Acute Abdomen

The ICU Book

Mastery of Endoscopic and Laparoscopic Surgery

Operative Dictations in General and Vascular Surgery (Operative Dictations Made Simple)

Comprehensive Vascular and Endovascular Surgery

Books for Surgery Board Exam Review

The ABSITE Review (American Board of Surgery In-Training Examination)

Review of Surgery for ABSITE and Boards

The ABSITE Review: Practice Questions