Dr Shivananda Prabhu is a professor of surgery at the Kasturba Medical College (KMC), Mangaluru, India. He received his master’s degree in Surgery while working at King Edward Memorial Hospital, Mumbai. Being trained under experts such as Dr Ravindra Bapat and Dr Sadananda Shetty, he has spent the last two decades pursuing the art of surgery, and his whole life observing and learning from his surroundings. Dr Prabhu believes that the current medical curriculum does not stress enough on the human aspect of healthcare. Hence, he has been striving to inculcate that spirit among the fresh young medical graduates through his uncanny ability to draw the readers’ attention to the interesting parts of the mundane. Dr Prabhu has authored two books titled Pocket Manual on the Art of History Taking and Clinical Signs and Syndromes in Surgery and numerous papers in medical journals. His articles on healthcare in the daily leading Kannada newspaper Udayavani and segments on local television channels have made him a well-known name in Karnataka.

  • The Wisdom Behind Surgical Aphorisms
    What the masters tell us

    This book aims to accomplish the following goals:

    – To provide timely advice to surgeons both young and old in times of clinical dilemma

    – To reiterate the well-established principles of clinical surgery like meticulous history taking, diligent examination, and keen observation

    – To reassure budding surgeons that apprehension and self-doubt are not new and can be overcome by perseverance

    – To warn the younger generation that the basic principles like a thorough knowledge of anatomy have not become obsolete with the advent of technology

    – Above all, to emphasize that surgery is as much an art as it is science and is a vocation that is fulfilling in the truest sense

    Hands-on training in clinical skills is being increasingly neglected. The advent of competitive MCQ-based exams to gain entry into postgraduate training has made young medical graduates more intent on collecting facts than skills. Hence, young surgeons of today are ill-prepared to face the real world filled with uncertainties. This book is written primarily to guide these young and unsure surgeons, through the fatherly advice contained in the aphorisms. Of course, the wisdom behind the aphorisms is timeless and could be inculcated by the young and the old alike.