Handbook of Clinical Anaesthesia, Fourth edition  book cover
4th Edition

Handbook of Clinical Anaesthesia, Fourth edition

ISBN 9781498762892
Published September 26, 2017 by CRC Press
784 Pages 33 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Written and edited by experts in the field, the Handbook of Clinical Anaesthesia provides all the essential practical knowledge required by anaesthetists on co-existing medical conditions, operative procedures, and techniques. The fourth edition retains the concise and comprehensive nature of the third, giving readers all they need to know about each part of the FRCA syllabus in short, digestible, practical entries.


The first part covers Patient Conditions; the second Surgical Procedures; and the third Anaesthetic Factors. Each part is subdivided into chapter on each organ system, and each chapter is divided into bite-sized entries. These are in alphabetical order, and cover all common and rare conditions that anaesthetists will encounter within their practice. Avoiding prolonged discussion and multiple references, this is the ideal book to ‘dip into’ either for specific advice or general education, providing quick and reliable information. 


This is the most thorough handbook to cover the entire FRCA syllabus in a consistent and instructive manner. It continues to be accessible and relevant to all anaesthetists from middle grade trainee up to consultant/specialist. 

Table of Contents

Patient Conditions

Respiratory system

Cardiovascular system

Central nervous system

Gastrointestinal tract

Genitourinary tract

Endocrine system

The blood

Bones and joints

Connective tissue


Surgical Procedures

Abdominal surgery

Gynaecological surgery

Obstetric surgery



Thoracic surgery

Cardiac surgery

Vascular surgery

Ophthalmic surgery

ENT surgery

Head and neck surgery

Plastic surgery






Anaesthetic Factors.

Preoperative assessment


Equipment and monitoring

Techniques - General

Techniques - Regional

Management problems

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Brian J Pollard BPharm MB ChB MD FRCA is Emeritus Professor of Medical Education, formerly Professor of Anaesthesia, Consultant Anaesthetist and Intensivist, The University of Manchester, Manchester, UK.

Gareth Kitchen MBChB FRCA is a Medical Research Council Clinical Research Training Fellow at The University of Manchester, UK and an Anaesthesia Trainee at North Western Deanery.


"This Handbook of Clinical Anaesthesia, Fourth Edition is a well-organized, easy-to-read product suitable for trainees in anesthesia and practicing anesthesiologists looking for a clinical reference that efficiently covers key concepts. I would recommend this high-yield book to practitioners seeking to build and maintain a foundation of knowledge in clinical anesthesia care."

Dr. Hilary P. Grocott, Editor-in-Chief, Canadian Journal of Anesthesia.