Smith and Aitkenhead’s Textbook of Anaesthesia, 6th Edition Expert Consult – Online & Print

Smith and Aitkenhead's Textbook of AnaesthesiaBy

  • Alan R. Aitkenhead, Emeritus Professor of Anaesthesia, Division of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care, Queen’s Medical Centre, Nottingham,  UK
  • Iain K. Moppett, Associate Professor and Honorary Consultant, Division of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care, Queen’s Medical Centre, Nottingham, UK
  • Jonathan P. Thompson, Senior Lecturer/Hon Consultant in Anaesthesia and Critical Care, University of Leicester and UHL NHS Trust, Leicester Royal Infirmary, Leicester, UK

Smith and Aitkenhead’s Textbook of Anaesthesia has become the book of choice for the trainee anaesthetist and is essential reading for candidates for the Fellowship of the Royal College of Anaesthetists and similar examinations. It is also a highly trusted, practical guide for all anaesthetists and other health care professionals involved in the perioperative period.

Building on previous worldwide success, this sixth edition has been thoroughly updated and reorganised to reflect current anaesthetic practice and the basic sciences that directly underpin it. The inclusion of several new chapters continues to ensure complete coverage of key and evolving areas and new, experienced authors also add a fresh perspective to this edition. For the first time, Smith & Aitkenhead’s Textbook of Anaesthesia comes with complementary access to the complete contents online at, making it more flexible and easy to use than ever before.

Key Features

  • Clear and concise coverage of the full range of modern clinical practice – from anaesthetic equipment and pre-operative assessment through to post-operative care, local anaesthesia, anaesthesia for individual specialties, intensive care and the management of chronic pain.
  • New chapters on resuscitation; management of the difficult airway; management of the high-risk patient; anaesthetic considerations in transplant patients; consent and information; safety and quality improvement and education and training (appendix)
  • Clinically relevant basic sciences integrated throughout – including the principles of pharmacology, anaesthetic agents and physics for the anaesthetist
  • Take it with you anywhere – rapid access to the full electronic text, downloadable image library and more at


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