Contributors. Preface to the fourth edition. Preface to the first edition. Acknowledgements. Layout of this book. 1 The daily management of patients in surgical wards. 1.1 Admitting the surgical patient. 1.2 Preparing the patient for operation. 1.3 The management of patients with pre-existing medical diseases. 1.4 The operation and afterwards. 1.5 Postoperative complications: presenting symptoms. 1.6 Gastrointestinal and respiratory complications. 1.7 Cardiovascular complications. 1.8 Urinary complications. 1.9 Infections, abscesses and fistulae. 1.10 Laparoscopic and endoscopic surgery. 1.11 The junior surgical trainee's role in the intensive care unit. 2 Prescriptions and other tasks. 2.1 Management of intravenous fluids. 2.2 Prescribing drugs for surgical patients. 2.3 Sutures, staples and drains. 2.4 Relatives, discharge, death and documents. 3 Head and neck surgery. 3.1 Lumps in the head and neck. 3.2 Cervical lymphadenopathy. 3.3 Conditions of the mouth. 3.4 Conditions of the tongue. 4 Endocrine surgery. 4.1 Swellings of the thyroid gland. 4.2 Parathyroids. 4.3 Adrenal and benign pancreatic tumours. 5 Breast surgery. 5.1 Breast lumps and benign breast conditions. 5.2 Carcinoma of the breast. 5.3 Conditions of the male breast. 6 Chest surgery. 6.1 Chest drainage and thoracotomy. 7 Upper gastrointestinal and small bowel surgery. 7.1 Oesophageal problems. 7.2 Stomach and duodenum. 7.3 Central abdominal pain. 8 Hepatobiliary, pancreatic and splenic surgery. 8.1 Hepatobiliary disease. 8.2 Pancreas and spleen. 9 Colorectal surgery and perianal pain. 9.1 Colorectal surgery. 9.2 Perianal pain. 10 Hernias. 10.1 Hernias and other groin lumps. 10.2 Other hernias. 11 Urinary tract surgery. 11.1 Disorders of the upper urinary tract. 11.2 Conditions of the lower urinary tract. 11.3 Male genitalia. 12 Vascular surgery. 12.1 Assessment of chronic ischaemia of the leg. 12.2 Management of the ischaemic limb. 12.3 Aneurysms, acute ischaemia and arteriovenous fistulae. 12.4 Other arterial conditions. 12.5 Venous disorders. 12.6 Lymphoedema. 13 Skin surgery. 13.1 Benign lesions of the skin. 13.2 Pigmented naevi and malignant skin conditions. 13.3 Skin infections and hyperhidrosis. 14 Surgery of children. 14.1 Surgical conditions of neonates. 14.2 Surgical conditions of children. 14.3 General management of the paediatric patient environment. 15 The management of trauma. 15.1 Dealing with a major accident. 15.2 Head injuries. 15.3 Chest and abdominal injury. 15.4 Spinal and pelvic injuries. 15.5 Trauma to the skin and limbs. Index.