Crash Course: Surgery


  • Angeliki Kontoyannis, MBChB, BSc, MRCS, Specialty Registrar in General Surgery, Queen Mary's Hospital, London, UK
  • Helen Sweetland, MBChB, MD, FRCS(Ed), Reader in Surgery, Department of Surgery, School of Medicine, Cardiff University and Honorary Consultant Surgeon, Cardiff and Vale NHS Trust, Cardiff, UK

Covering all aspects of the syllabus, Crash Course offers students a fast way to recap on what they need to know to get through the exams with ease. Styled in an easy-to-follow, readily accessible format, each book is prepared by senior medical students or junior doctors - under faculty supervision - to give them the correct level of information perfectly tailored to current curricula requirements. The series now includes improved pedagogic features and a fully revised self-assessment section, updated to meet current examination needs.
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Undergraduate medical students – revision aid


Book information

  • Published: July 2008
  • Imprint: MOSBY
  • ISBN: 978-0-7234-3475-7

Table of Contents

I. The Patient Presents With

Acute Abdominal Pain


Vomiting, Haematemesis and Melaena

Change in Bowel Habit

Abdominal Mass and Distension

Rectal Bleeding

Anorectal Pain



Breast Lump

Neck Lump

Ischaemic Limb

Leg Ulcer

Groin Swelling

Scrotal Swelling


Urinary Difficulty

Skin Lesion


Abdominal Pain in Children

II. Diseases and Disorders

Oesophageal Disorders

Gastric and Duodenal Disorders

Disorders of the Small Intestine

Colonic Disorders

Anorectal Disorders

Hepatobiliary Disorders

Gynaecological Disorders

Abdominal Hernias

Thyroid and Parathyroid Disorders

Neck Swellings

Breast Disorders

Vascular Disorders

Urological Disorders

Skin Lesions

Soft Tissue Disorders


Postoperative Care and Complications

Principles of Cancer Management

III. History, Examination and Common Investigations

Clerking a Surgical Patient

Examination of a Surgical Patient

Writing up a Surgical Clerking

Investigation of a Surgical Patient

Introduction to the operating theatre

IV. Self-assessment