The Minor Illness Manual
Fourth Edition

Editors: Gina Johnson and Ian Hill-Smith with contributions from Amber Kelly and Rosemary Brand
Spiral-bound: 296 pages
Publisher: CRC Press 4th edition

ISBN-10: 1846195640
ISBN-13: 978-1846195648

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'The Fourth Edition of this best-selling book has been completely revised and updated. To continue to support the expanding role of the nurse specialist, there are new sections on the management of conditions such as pyelonephritis, pneumonia, croup, and exacerbations of asthma and COPD.

The simple, clear and easy to use format enables practice nurses, nurse practitioners, health visitors, midwives, and school nurses to access the current procedures for dealing with the routine situations they are likely to encounter in their daily practice. Now spiral bound, this new edition is even more suitable for quick reference during the consultation.

'When I started in practice nursing over 20 years ago the minor illnesses that were the responsibility of the nurse were restricted to coughs, colds and the occasional sore throat. Now the role of the nurse in all areas of primary care has grown dramatically, and the level of knowledge and skills required are far greater than mine in those early days; therefore it is paramount that we have excellent resources to enable us to keep up to date. It is good to see the next edition of The Minor Illness Manual on the shelves.'

Sue Cross, in the Foreword

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  • Clearly laid out, useful and interesting. DOCTORS.NET.UK
  • Easy to use. Comprehensive. A valuable addition to every general practice. WORK BASED LEARNING IN PRIMARY CARE
  • A worthy book in any practice library. SOU'WESTER
  • Comprehensive. An invaluable resource. COMMUNITY NURSE
  • A book that nurses have been waiting for. PRACTICE NURSING


  • The nurses’ perspective on changes and safe practice in primary care
  • Introduction
  • Fever and flu-like illness
  • Respiratory Tract Infection
  • Ear, Nose and Throat
  • External Eye
  • Head, Neck and Back
  • Skin
  • Abdomen
  • Women’s Health
  • Mental Health
  • Injuries
  • Management of Minor Illness
  • Minor Illness Formulary
  • Resources