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Ukraine, with a current population of 50 million, surprisingly has no complete textbook on surgery written in Ukrainian. Dr. Turkalo decided it was extremely important for the Ukrainian medical profession to have available a set of medical volumes tracing the history of surgery as well as the important advances that are continuously taking place.

  The result of his praiseworthy 40 years of work and research is a 10-volume "Ukrainian Surgery" which he wrote in both Ukrainian and English. The work is a full-course theory of surgery, manual, textbook, and dictionary with terminology that covers the concept, which described and illustrated with diagrams, step by step, thousands of operating procedures. It describes methods for diagnosis of surgical diseases, determining the time required for handling, proper handling, features of surgical intervention and tips to avoid complications during and after surgery. The book reflects the experience of surgeons around the world and makes a comparative assessment of similar operations.  

The textbook is intended for a wide audience: students, surgeons, doctors, health workers, and even the ordinary layperson who wants to better understand their own illness. The author himself notes in the preface: "The future subscribers of this work is to warn that they will be able to read and understand the text without training in surgery." This work contains 100 chapters in 10 volumes, each devoted to a particular department of surgery. Thus, the first chapter ‒ a history of world surgery, notes the specific names and birth dates of prominent doctors as well as describing their contributions and achievements to surgery. Furthermore, the chapter cites their operating venues which made them famous. It contains a tremendous volume of bibliographies (about 5000 literature) relating to the history of surgery on the five continents, in different languages and including all the various surgical sub-specialties. The bibliography alone is incredible source of knowledge and can be used by a whole host of researchers working independently on their own projects and dissertations.  

A unique collection of literature, this extraordinary piece of work is perhaps the most accomplished and complete of any modern medical text that is available today. "Encyclopedia", which so many surgeons and scientists tend to describe this work was written in both languages because he most wanted Ukrainian doctors working in English-speaking environments (or vice versa), the ability to understand intricate and difficult concepts/procedures in a straight forward and systemic approach.  

In a letter to his friend, Dr. Turkalo wrote: "Perhaps the change will come, but not in our lifetime. Though how it could be and whatever happens, I can now safely and conscientiously say that I have paid my debt to Ukraine." He managed to complete its writing, but died before he could see it published. Therefore, it is the dream of the Dr. Jaroslav Turkalo family to publish his work in order that his life will continue to serve the Ukrainian people as well as being a definitive source of information to aspiring surgeons throughout the world.  


The Chapters
01 Sources of surgical history
02 Surgical literature
03 Saints in medical history
04 Nobel Prizes in medicine
05 Fathers in surgery
06 History of hospitals
08 History of med libraries
09 Med & surg societies
10 Med & surg journals
11 History of med terminology
12 History of anatomy
13 History of pathology
14 Surgical infections
15 Wound Healing
16 Surgery of skin
17 E E N T
18 Head & neck benign
19 Head & neck malignant
20 Salivary glands
21 Thyroid gland
22 Parathyroid glands
23 Breast benign               
24  Breast malignant
25 Thoracic surgery

26 Abdominal wounds 
27 Abdominal herniae
28 Inguinal herniae
29 Rare herniae
30 Hiatal hernia
31 Congenital syndromes
32 Pediatric surgery
33 Surgery of esophagus
34 Acute abdomen & bleeding
35 Appendicitis
36 Peritonitis
37 Intra-abd abscess
38 Intestinal obstruction
39 Internal herniae
40 GI physiology
41 Peptic ulcer
42 Gastric tumors
43 Surgery of duodenum
44 Liver failure
45 Liver tumors
46 Gallbladder
47 Common bile duct
48 Portal hypertension
49 Surgery of spleen
50  Pancreatitis
51  Pancreatic tumors
52  Insulinoma & diabetes
53  Inflammatory bowels
54  Bowel trauma & tumors
55  Carcinoids    
56  GI polyps
57  Diverticular disease   
58  Colon cancer
59  GI fistulae
60  Hemorrhoids
61  Fistula-in-ano
62  Rectal prolapse
63  Rectal cancer
64  Hand surgery
65  Vascular surgery
66  A n e u r y s m s     
67  Thymus & carotid body
68  Thromboembolism
69  Varicose veins
70   L y m p h e d e m a
71  Neurosurgery
72  Sympathectomies
73  Adrenal glands         
74  Kidneys & ureters            

75  Urinary bladder 
76  Surgery of prostate
77  Surgery of penis
78  Undescended testes 
79  Surgery of scrotum 
80  Surgery of vulva
81  A n e s t h e s i a  
82  Shock & trauma
83  Acid-base balance
84  Renal failure
85  Burns, bites & frostbites
86  Respiration
87  Blood transfusion
88  Nutrition in surgery
89  C a n c e r
90  Technology in surgery
91  Pre & post op care
92  Med care in surgery
93  Transplantation
94  G y n e c o l o g y
95  Ovarian tumors 
96  Plastic surgery 
97  Cardiac surgery
98  Orthopedic surgery
99  Surgery of obesity
100 Amputations