Principles and Practice of Urology: Volume 1 & 2 edited by M.A. Salam , Editor, Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishers, 2013; second edition, hardback, 1190 pages, £162.00; ISBN-10: 9350252600, ISBN-13: 978-9350252604


  • Mohammad Shamim Khan

    1. MRC Centre for Transplantation, King's College London, London, UK
    2. King's Health Partners, Department of Urology, Guy's Hospital, London, UK
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Principles and Practice of Urology is a unique textbook edited by M.A. Salam, Professor of Urology, Dhaka Bangladesh. This is the second edition and a testimony to the fact that the first edition attracted the attention of many readers, particularly in developing countries. Many technological advances have occurred in the last decade and hence the need for the new edition. Of the 86 contributors, >70% are from Bangladesh, ≈20% from India and the remainder from other developing countries. A few are based in the USA and Australia but originated from the Asian subcontinent. The front cover is very impressive and the quality of the paper excellent.

This book has been written to serve as a quick guide for those practicing in developing countries where urology is beginning to be recognised as an important specialty, but sub-specialisation is in its infancy. As contributors are from the developing countries they have a good understanding of the variations that exist in access to facilities, from well-equipped to the bare minimum. This book covers the breadth of urology in 160 chapters, ranging from history, diagnostic techniques and all sub-specialties of urology. The chapters are structured to provide the reader with historical background and basic concepts, supplemented by diagrams and images where necessary. Tables have been included to provide summaries of key points.

This book is not an alternative to major urology textbooks for specialist urologists. It is best suited for those who aim for a quick overview of the full range of urological topics, e.g. postgraduates aiming to revise for surgical examinations, urologists in developing countries who want to deliver teaching and wish to extract useful key points, and surgeons working in remote locations with limited facilities for a quick reference to help manage urology patients appropriately.