New Edition
Smith and Aitkenhead's Textbook of Anaesthesia, International Edition,
Edition 7
Edited by Jonathan Thompson, Iain Moppett and Matthew Wiles

Publication Date: 25 May 2019

This highly successful textbook is internationally renowned as a core text for trainee anaesthetists and is essential reading for candidates for the Fellowship of Royal College of Anaesthetists and similar examinations. The previous 6th edition was awarded First Prize at the BMA Medical Book awards.

The book provides full coverage of the sciences underpinning practice in anaesthesia, critical care and pain management together with details of clinical anaesthesia and perioperative care. In combining these aspects, a generation of anaesthetists have found the textbook invaluable during the first few years of training as well as when preparing for the FRCA and similar professional examinations.

The goal for this Seventh Edition has remained to equip the reader with the basic knowledge and practical considerations required to administer anaesthesia and perioperative care for a whole range of surgical conditions in patients with all common medical comorbidities. Reflecting the expanding role of anaesthesia beyond the operating theatre it also includes essential material related to safety and quality assurance, consent, resuscitation, intensive care medicine, pre-hospital care and chronic pain management.

Key Features

  • This book’s scope includes the full range of clinical practice, from anaesthetic equipment and pre-operative assessment through to post-operative care, local anaesthesia, anaesthesia for individual specialties and the management of chronic pain.
  • The text covers the principles of pharmacology, anaesthetic agents and physics for the anaesthetist.

New Features

    • This Seventh Edition has been restructured into four sections: Basic Sciences; Physics and Apparatus; Fundamentals of Anaesthesia and Perioperative Medicine; and Clinical Anaesthesia.
    • There are four new chapters reflecting the UK postgraduate anaesthetic examination syllabus and changes in clinical practice. There are: The older patient; Anaesthesia in low and middle-income areas; Management of critical incidents; and Data analysis, clinical trials and statistics.
    • Thirty new contributors provide a new perspective or contribute new chapters.
    • This edition makes extensive use of new line drawings and diagrams and, for the first time, many of these are available in colour.
    • Chapters have been extensively cross-referenced to aid the reader and avoid repetition to include substantially more information without increasing the overall size of the book.
    • The content of each chapter is closely aligned to the syllabus of the Primary FRCA examination. Sample online questions and answers are provided for each chapter and linked to the relevant part of each chapter.
About the author
Edited by Jonathan Thompson, Honorary Professor and Consultant in Anaesthesia and Critical Care, University of Leicester and University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust, Leicester, UK; Iain Moppett, Professor of Anaesthesia & Perioperative Medicine, Honorary Consultant Anaesthetist, Anaesthesia and Critical Care Section, Division of Clinical Neuroscience, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, UK. and Matthew Wiles, Consultant, Department of Anaesthesia, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Sheffield, UK
Table of Contents

Section 1 Basic Sciences

  • General principles of pharmacology
  • Data, statistics and clinical trials
  • Inhalational anaesthetics and medical gases
  • Intravenous anaesthetics and sedatives
  • Local anaesthetics
  • Pain
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Muscle function and neuromuscular blockade
  • Cardiovascular system
  • Respiratory system
  • Renal system
  • Fluid, electrolyte and acid–base balance
  • Metabolism, the stress response and thermoregulation
  • Blood, coagulation and transfusion

Section 2 Physics and Apparatus

  • Basic physics
  • Equipment
  • Clinical measurement and monitoring

Section 3 Fundamentals of Anaesthesia & Perioperative Medicine

  • Quality and safety
  • Preoperative assessment
  • Coexisting disease
  • Consent and information
  • The practical conduct of anaesthesia
  • Airway management
  • Pain management
  • Local and regional anaesthesia
  • Complications
  • Management of critical incidents
  • Resuscitation
  • Postoperative care

Section 4 Clinical Anaesthesia

  • The high-risk surgical patient
  • The older surgical patient
  • The obese patient
  • Paediatric anaesthesia
  • Day surgery
  • General, gynaecological and genitourinary surgery
  • Orthopaedic surgery
  • ENT, maxillofacial and dental surgery
  • Ophthalmic surgery
  • Vascular, endocrine and plastic surgery
  • Neurosurgery
  • Thoracic surgery
  • Cardiac surgery
  • Obstetric anaesthesia and analgesia
  • Emergency and trauma surgery
  • Anaesthesia in low and middle-income areas
  • Anaesthesia outside the operating theatre
  • Organ transplantation
  • Intensive care medicine
Book Reviews

"This book has my unreserved recommendation. I would happily use it myself and recommend it to anyone. It is aimed at a doctor in training but useable by any anaesthetist as it is almost like a ‘bible of anaesthesia’. This is an outstanding, relevant, comprehensive, expert book. It is very useful for current practice and an excellent source of reference. A must have in every anaesthetic department."

BMA Book Awards 2014 review


Book details
ISBN: 9780702074998
Page Count: 960
Illustrations : Approx. 325 illustrations (175 in full color)
Retail Price : £41.99

Trainee anaesthetists preparing for the FRCA and similar exams in other countries