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Anaesthesia : A Very Short Introduction - Aidan O'Donnell


A Very Short Introduction

Paperback Published: 8th May 2012
ISBN: 9780199584543
Number Of Pages: 144

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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 from natural 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 that anaesthesia is a very safe process. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

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Overall, this is an excellent book. It certainly will help to demystify the practice of anaesthesia and provide insight into the challenges faced by the anaesthetist. * M. Chikhani, British Journal of Anaesthesia *
The book is understandable and enjoyable to read ... It would make a useful addition to the reading list of any medical student, and a welcomed gift for the non-medical reader. * British Journal of Anaesthesia *
The interesting information in this little book would appeal to experts and laypeople alike. Consisting of 146 pages including a glossary, chapter-by-chapter suggestions for further reading and an index, this book clearly shows the extent to which the anaesthetist is involved in a patient's survival, because of their special knowledge of pharmacology, physiology and the treatment of pain. Anaesthesia: A Very Short Introduction would be a very good book to have in any school library or careers office. * New Zealand Anaesthesia *
The book manages to explain the mechanics of anaesthesia in succinct and comprehensive language. * Royal College of Anaesthetists Bulletin *
[O'Donnell] explains scientific theories clearly, simplifying them whilst ensuring that all key points and details are included. * Anaesthesia *

1: Suspended animation: concepts of anaesthesia 2: Historical perspective 3: Nuts and bolts 4: Bells and whistles 5: Anaesthetic drugs and fluids 6: Local and regional anaesthesia 7: Subspecialties of anaesthesia 8: Side effects, complications and risks of anaesthesia 9: Anaesthesia tomorrow

ISBN: 9780199584543
ISBN-10: 0199584540
Series: Very Short Introductions
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 144
Published: 8th May 2012
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 17.4 x 11.3  x 0.9
Weight (kg): 0.14

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