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With the most authoritative and complete overview of anesthesia theory and practice, the latest edition of Basic Anesthesia, edited by noted anesthesiologist Ronald D. Miller, MD and Manuel C. Pardo, Jr., MD, continues to serve as an excellent primer on the scope and practice of anesthesiology. Widely acknowledged as the foremost introductory text, the new edition-now presented in full color throughout-has been thoroughly updated to reflect new and rapidly changing areas in anesthesia practice including new chapters on awareness under anesthesia, quality and patient safety, orthopedics, and expanded coverage of new ultrasound techniques in regional anesthesiology with detailed illustrated guidance. You can access the full text and image library online at

  • Obtain a clear overview of everything you need to know about the fundamentals of anesthesia, including basic science and emerging clinical topics.
  • Efficiently retain and synthesize information more easily thanks to a concise, at-a-glance format with numerous illustrations and tables throughout the book that condense complex concepts, and ‘Questions of the Day’ to assist you in understanding key material presented in each chapter.
  • Discover the newest in anesthesiology with rigorously updated chapters and the addition of appropriate new chapters on important emerging topics such as awareness under anesthesia; quality and patient safety; orthopedics; and expanded coverage of new ultrasound techniques in regional anesthesiology.
  • Learn from one of the very best. World-renowned anesthesiologist Dr. Ronald D. Miller, along with new co-editor Dr. Manuel Pardo, presents definitive coverage on new and rapidly changing areas in anesthesia practice.
  • Grasp vital concepts easily thanks to concise, easy-to-read, masterfully edited chapters and a user-friendly format-now presented in full color throughout.
  • Gain a detailed visual understanding on how to perform ultrasound techniques in regional anesthesiology (Peripheral Nerve Blocks) using illustrations and high-quality images.
  • Access the full contents anywhere, anytime at

Clear and concise information written by arguably the best-known anesthesiologist in the world, Dr. Ronald Miller, and a new co-editor Dr. Manuel Pardo, makes difficult concepts easier to understand.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Zdravka Zafirova, MD (University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine)
Description: This sixth edition of a concise but comprehensive book on anesthesia contains updates, new chapters, and an expanded list of expert contributors.
Purpose: This succinct synthesis of the full spectrum topics of anesthesia aims to provide an introductory fundamental knowledge base, and it will satisfy the needs of learners of anesthesia in their daily practice and in preparation for examinations.
Audience: It is intended for trainees at all levels, from medical students, residents, and fellows to other practitioners. The editors and the contributors are leaders in the field of anesthesiology and they impart the remarkable breadth of their expertise.
Features: The book is divided into several sections covering the entire span of anesthesia practice — introductory topics (including history and scope of anesthesia and approach to learning), pharmacology and physiology, preoperative preparation and intraoperative management, special anesthetic considerations, recovery period, and consultant anesthetic practice. This edition is updated to reflect the latest developments in the field, and chapters have been added on awareness under anesthesia, quality of care and patient safety, and anesthesia for orthopedic surgery. The text is clear and concise, making it easy to absorb the information, while providing appropriate depth and breadth of knowledge to enable anesthesia trainees to build a foundation. The text is complemented by an abundance of illustrations of excellent quality and educational value as well as by tables that highlight and summarize important information. Each chapter concludes with questions of the day, reinforcing the acquired proficiency, and with a short list of up-to-date references, directing learners towards additional didactic sources.
Assessment: This is an essential book for trainees in anesthesia at all levels. It provides a comprehensive introduction to the field of anesthesiology and fosters the development of a solid foundation of knowledge upon which to build broad theoretical and practical expertise.
From the Publisher

"… staying true to its mandate to provide solid introductory content and modernizing to keep current with available educational modalities and preferences, Basics of Anesthesia more than lives up to expectations. Therefore, it should continue to occupy the rarefied position of the primary introductory textbook of anesthesia for medical students and beginning trainees as well as the go-to text for those preparing for the written board exam or the seasoned professional in need of a focused review."

- Anesthesia & Analgesia, review of the 5th edition

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781437716146
  • Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
  • Publication date: 7/8/2011
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 832
  • Sales rank: 201,627
  • Product dimensions: 8.10 (w) x 10.24 (h) x 1.48 (d)

Table of Contents

Basics of Anesthesia, 6th Edition

Table of Contents


1. History of Anesthesia

2. Scope of Practice

3. Approach to Learning

4. Medical Informatics


5. Basic Pharmacologic Principles

6. Clinical Cardiac and Pulmonary Physiology

7. Autonomic Nervous System

8. Inhaled Anesthetics

9. Intravenous Anesthetics

10. Opioids

11. Local Anesthetics

12. Neuromuscular Blocking Drugs


13. Preoperative Evaluation and Medication

14. Choice of Anesthetic Technique

15. Anesthesia Delivery systems

16. Airway Management

17. Spinal and Epidural Anesthesia

18. Peripheral Nerve Blocks

19. Positioning and Associated Risks

20. Anesthetic Monitoring

21. Acid-Base Balance and Blood Gas Analysis

22. Hemostasis

23. Fluid Management

24. Blood Therapy


25. Cardiovascular Disease

26. Congenital Heart Disease

27. Chronic Pulmonary Disease

28. Renal, Liver, and Biliary Tract Disease

29. Nutritional and Gastrointestinal Disease

30. Central Nervous System

31. Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology

32. Orthopedics

33. Obstetrics

34. Pediatrics

35. Elderly Patients

36. Organ Transplantation

37. Outpatient Surgery

38. Procedures Performed Outside the Operating Room


39. Postanesthesia Recovery

40. Acute Postoperative Pain Management


41. Critical Care Medicine

42. Trauma, Bioterrorism and Natural Disasters

43. Chronic Pain Management

44. Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation

45. Medical Direction in the Operating Room

46. Awareness under Anesthesia

47. Quality and Patient Safety

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