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The third edition of Fundamentals of Anaesthesia is the gold standard text for the Primary FRCA, encapsulating the basic principles of modern anaesthesia in one easily accessible volume. Written and edited by a team of expert contributors with extensive FRCA examination experience, Fundamentals of Anaesthesia, Third Edition deliberately blends the expertise of invited authors in an unrivalled consistency of style more akin to that of a single author text. Deliberate use of authors with a more general anaesthesia background ties in well with the education of anaesthetists in their early years. The third edition is fully updated, with a number of completely new chapters. Presentation of information is clear and concise, with extensive use of tables, colour illustrations, summary boxes of key information and bullet lists. This Highly Commended award winning textbook is a unique revision aid for the Primary FRCA and an essential companion for all exam candidates.

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Editorial Reviews

Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: Tariq M. Malik, MD (University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine)
Description: An update of a 2003 edition, this book outlines basic principles of human physiology, pathology, and pharmacology as they pertain to the practice of anesthesia.
Purpose: It is meant primarily for candidates planning to take the postgraduate exam (FRCA part I) in anesthesia in the U.K. and the whole book is oriented around the syllabus of that examination.
Audience: Although targeted at postgraduate students in anesthesia, the book also would be very helpful for medical students doing an anesthesia clerkship. The authors are experienced contributors to the exam and have used their experience to make this a valuable resource for preparation for the primary FRCA examination.
Features: The first of the book's four sections covers topics in clinical anesthesia, including preoperative, induction, and inoperative issues. One chapter is dedicated to clinical anatomy as it relates to anesthesia. The information is basic and deals with common issues in the practice of anesthesia in general, like positioning, hemodynamic variability, issues in the postoperative recovery unit, etc. The 15 chapters in the next section cover physiology of different organ systems, and include chapters on the physiology of pregnancy and newborn. The third section, focused on pharmacology, has 19 chapters covering everything from the basic concepts of pharmacology to the pharmacology of different drugs commonly used in the practice of anesthesia. The four chapters in the last section cover topics related to the laws of physics and include details of different measuring units, a chapter on anesthesia equipment, and a brief discussion of biostatistics. Chapters are concise, well illustrated, and well organized. The text is supplemented well with tables and bullet points. The information is pertinent and to the point, making it practical for its intended use. No space is wasted on theoretical discussion and the book does not delve into detail in any of the topics. It is only meant to be used to prepare for the test. No attempt is made to provide a comprehensive review of anesthesia.
Assessment: This excellent review of the basics of clinical anesthesia provides all the necessary basic scientific information needed for a good understanding of general and regional anesthesia. At the same time, it covers all the basic human physiology and pharmacology of anesthesia drugs needed for the conduct of general anesthesia. Though the book is meant to help candidates pass a specific test, it's broad and current enough for any practicing anesthesiologist to use to prepare for the general anesthesia part of the anesthesia certification exam of the American Board of Anesthesiology (MOCA).
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"Although targeted at postgraduate students in anesthesia, the book also would be very helpful for medical students doing an anesthesia clerkship....This excellent review of the basics of clinical anesthesia provides all the necessary basic scientific information needed for a good understanding of general and regional anesthesia. At the same time, it covers all the basic human physiology and pharmacology of anesthesia drugs needed for the conduct of general anesthesia."
--Doody's Review Service
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521692496
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/2009
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 956
  • Product dimensions: 7.60 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 2.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Tim Smith is Consultant Anaesthetist at Alexandra Hospital, Redditch, UK.

Colin Pinnock is Consultant Anaesthetist at Alexandra Hospital, Redditch, UK.

Ted Lin is Consultant in Pain Management and Anaesthesia, Glenfield Hospital, University of Leicester Hospitals NHS Trust, UK.

Robert Jones is Associate Specialist in Anaesthesia at Withybush Hospital, Pembrokeshire, UK.

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Table of Contents

Part I. Clinical Anaesthesia: 1. Pre-operative management; 2. Induction of anaesthesia; 3. Intra-operative management; 4. Postoperative management; 5. Special patient circumstances; 6. The surgical insult; 7. Regional anaesthesia and analgesia; 8. Principles of resuscitation; 9. Major trauma; 10. Clinical anatomy; Part II. Physiology: 11. Cellular physiology; 12. Body fluids; 13. Haematology and immunology; 14. Muscle physiology; 15. Cardiac physiology; 16. Physiology of the circulation; 17. Renal physiology; 18. Respiratory physiology; 19. Physiology of the nervous system; 20. Gastro-intestinal physiology; 21. Metabolism and temperature regulation; 22. Endocrinology; 23. Physiology of pregnancy; 24. Foetal and newborn physiology; 25. Physiology of pain; Part III. Pharmacology: 26. Physical chemistry; 27. Mechanisms of drug action; 28. Pharmacodynamics; 29. Pharmacokinetics; 30. Anaesthetic gases and vapours; 31. Hypnotics and intravenous anaesthetic agents; 32. Analgesic drugs; 33. Neuromuscular blocking agents; 34. Local anaesthetic agents; 35. Central nervous system pharmacology; 36. Autonomic nervous system pharmacology; 37. Cardiovascular pharmacology; 38. Respiratory pharmacology; 39. Endocrine pharmacology; 40. Gastro-intestinal pharmacology; 41. Intravenous fluids; 42. Pharmacology of haemostasis; 43. Antimicrobial therapy; 44. Clinical trials - design and evaluation; Part IV. Physics, Clinical Measurement and Statistics: 45. Applied physics; 46. Clinical measurement; 47. Anaesthetic equipment; 48. Basic statistics.
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