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WHSL Surgery: Books

LibGuide written for students and staff studying or teaching surgery, including orthopaedic surgery

Finding electronic books

IF YOU KNOW THE TITLE (or words in the title) OF A BOOK, click on the link below to open a search box where you can enter the title, or part of the title, of the book you need. Click on the e-books tab to search for electronic books by title

 Please select one of the following options, from the drop down list. 

  • Match all words (enter the full journal title)
  • Match exact words (enter the words exactly as they appear in the journal title)
  • Match any words (enter any words that may appear in the journal title) 

For subject searching, you need to go to one of the databases such as PubMed.

Please report errors by email here

General Surgery

Biomedical Research

For information about the number of concurrent users with access to each book, click the blue "i" after the title

Evidence-Based Medicine


A surgical specialty concerned with the treatment of diseases and disorders of the brain, spinal cord, and peripheral and sympathetic nervous system.


Surgical Procedures, Operative

See also specific types of surgery, and General Surgery under "g"

Surgery, Plastic

Thoracic Surgery

Remember the print books

Remember to search the catalogue for print books

Reference books listed in alphabetical order

Merriam-Webster Medical Dictionary

The Merriam Webster medical dictionary is now available on your mobile device. The National Library of Medicine  (NLM) has made this available via MedlinePlus Mobile. This includes sound clips so you can hear how to pronounce the term. 

Print Books and Theses

To search the Wits catalog click here

For a list of Surgery MeSH (subject headings) for print books, click here. .


Other E-Books

In addition to the surgery books, you will often need to refer to other biomedical books for other courses you are studying, or for backgraound reading. 


Book Recommendations

If you notice a gap in our book stock, please complete this form and hand it in at the library.