Anaesthesia: A Very Short Introduction

Paperback | May 16, 2012

byAidan ODonnell

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What do anaesthetists do? How does anaesthesia work? What are the risks? And how does the anaesthetist know if you are really asleep? Anaesthesia is a mysterious and sometimes threatening process. In this Very Short Introduction, Aidan O'Donnell takes the reader on a tour through the whole of the modern anaesthetic practice. He begins by explaining general anaesthesia: what it is, how it is produced, and how it differs fromnatural sleep and other forms of unconsciousness. He goes on to consider the main categories of anaesthetic drugs, including anaesthetic vapours, intravenous agents, muscle relaxants, and analgesics, together with explanations of how they work and what their purpose is. Set against the historical background of anaesthetic and surgical practice, O'Donnell examines the large role anaesthetists play in specialised areas such as intensive care medicine, pain medicine, and childbirth; and finally, he considers the risks of anaesthesia, putting in to context thatanaesthesia is a very safe process.

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What do anaesthetists do? How does anaesthesia work? What are the risks? And how does the anaesthetist know if you are really asleep? Anaesthesia is a mysterious and sometimes threatening process. In this Very Short Introduction, Aidan O'Donnell takes the reader on a tour through the whole of the modern anaesthetic practice. He begins ...

Aidan O'Donnell is a consultant anaesthetist and medical writer with a special interest in anaesthesia for childbirth. He graduated from Edinburgh in 1996 and trained in Scotland and New Zealand. He now lives and works in New Zealand. He was admitted as a Fellow of the Royal College of Anaesthetists in 2002 and a Fellow of the Australi...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:144 pages, 6.85 × 4.37 × 0.68 inPublished:May 16, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199584540

ISBN - 13:9780199584543

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Table of Contents

1. Suspended animation: concepts of anaesthesia2. Historical perspective3. Nuts and bolts4. Bells and whistles5. Anaesthetic drugs and fluids6. Local and regional anaesthesia7. Subspecialties of anaesthesia8. Side effects, complications and risks of anaesthesia9. Anaesthesia tomorrow