This volume provides information that is very helpful to physicians, nurses, or therapists involved in the treatment of patients with stomas. The majority of the authors are British and bring a rich tradition of excellence and experience to the subject.
The monograph is organized into various sections, the first dealing with the standard topics of ileostomy, colostomy, and urostomy. Each section is broken down into techniques of surgery, complications, and peculiarities of each of the particular stomas and its care. It is full of practical information. The remaining chapters address the more specific stoma problems. An excellent chapter on care of external fistulas will be very helpful to the surgeon or nurse who has to deal with these difficult complications. This chapter is replete with tips on management and control of secretions, skin protection, and nutrition. The authors include discussions of pediatric, geriatric, and cancer patients with stomas. They emphasize