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Surgical Philosophy


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Table of Contents

The Aims of Operative Surgery

Performing Surgery

Surgical Strategies

Surgical Decision Making

Operative Methodology


Approaches and Leadership


The Nine Elements of the Surgical Sieve and Surgical Specialities

Firesticks and Haemostasis


About the Author

Hutan Ashrafian, MBBS, PhD, MRCS, is a clinical lecturer in surgery based at Imperial College London in the UK. His work focuses on the surgical resolution of metabolic syndrome- and obesity-related diseases ranging from cardiac dysfunction to diabetes and cancer. His PhD on the global metabolic signature of bariatric surgery received several prizes including an Academy of Medical Sciences award. Dr. Ashrafian's research interests include the development of state-of-the-art approaches for bio-inspired regenerative technologies, the application of artificial intelligence and robotics to modern surgical practice, the enhancement of evidence synthesis in healthcare and the development of novel models of innovation and economics in health policy. He has authored over 200 peer-reviewed publications and been awarded various research fellowships.


"What appeals most is the way the author presents the link between a military strategy treatise and surgical procedures, finding perfectly matching surgical correspondences and equivalents for every aspect of warfare."
-Researcher in the History of Medicine, University of Bologna, Italy

"... an excellent new insight into surgical philosophy and the strategies underpinning current practice."
-Consultant Surgeon, St. Thomas' Hospital, London UK

"This book will be a great addition to any surgeon's library as well as having a much wider appeal to the general population."
-Clinical Research Fellow, Imperial College London, UK

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