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Recommended Primary FRCA books

Recommended reading for the Primary FRCA-updated!

Buying books for anaesthetics is a difficult task- it seems no single book offers it all!  We would also say that if you are just starting anaesthetics, the practical side of things are going to be the most challenging initially and not the theory, but it is good to read things up as you go along. suggests the books we think are essential to anaesthesia for the first 2 years as an SHO and also to help your studies for the FRCA. You can order the books online from this page as well! 

1. Essential

Anaesthesia and Intensive Care A-Z - Print & E-Book: An Encyclopedia of Principles and Practice, 5e

 Building on the success of previous editions, Anaesthesia and Intensive Care A-Z (Fifth edition) remains the most comprehensive single volume source of relevant aspects of pharmacology, physiology, anatomy, physics, statistics, medicine, surgery, general anaesthetic practice, intensive care, equipment, and the history of anaesthesia and intensive care. Originally prepared as essential reading for candidates for the Fellowship of the Royal College of Anaesthetists and similar exams, this fully updated edition will also prove as invaluable as ever for all anaesthetists and critical care physicians, as well as operating department practitioners and specialist nurses.
All entries have been carefully reviewed and new ones added to reflect the latest advances and the evolving field breadth. This edition includes a structured checklist of entries, ordered by curriculum core topic area, as an additional new aid for those planning their revision. Also for the first time, this fifth edition now comes with complementary access to the complete electronic version of the book. It is now easy to use the content just as you need it, anytime, anywhere - whether online or offline, on your laptop, tablet or mobile device. 

Authors: Yentis SM, Hirsch NP, Ip JK 
Price: £73.79

 Click here to order the A-Z online from Amazon.

2. General

Fundamentals of Anaesthesia

 A basic textbook is essential - Fundamentals is useful because it follows the syllabus exactly. Third edition.

Authors: Edited by Tim Smith , Colin Pinnock , Ted Lin , Robert Jones
ISBN: 0521692490
Price: £79.08

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Primary FRCA in a box

 Co-authored by one of the AnaesthesiaUK team members, Primary FRCA in a box. The "In a Box series" is a brand new development from the RSM Press to complement the bestselling "Get Through" series of Royal College exam and revision guides. Within each box in the series is a block of exam-specific question and answer cards. Using standard question formats from the Royal College exams, relevant questions are printed on one side of the card, with answers and explanations on the reverse. The questions have been chosen by experts in the field and the new format is easy to use making revision simple! The aim of this new card format is to make your exam preparation time as efficient and straightforward as possible. They also lend themselves very well to studying with a partner or colleague.

Authors: Barry Clifton, Sarah Armstrong, Lionel Davis.
ISBN-10: 1853156272
Price: £24.56

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3. Pharmacology

i. Pharmacology for Anaesthesia and Intensive Care

 The fourth edition of this market-leading anaesthetic book has been fully updated to include novel oral anticoagulants and neuromuscular reversal agents. Numerous other sections have been expanded or updated to reflect new research and current best practice, and the antibiotics chapter now includes information about commonly encountered pathogens and the drugs used to target them. Basic pharmacological principles, vital to understanding the effects of individual drugs, are dealt with methodically, and the essential physiology is described alongside the relevant pharmacology. This has become the core pharmacology book for the FRCA, covering all the relevant kinetics and dynamics in a compact and easy to navigate format, including clear diagrams and tables. This is an ideal aid to study and practice for junior and trainee anaesthetists. Theatre practitioners, ICU nurses and physicians working in areas that demand a solid foundation of pharmacological knowledge will also find this an invaluable resource.

Authors: Tom Peck, Sue Hill
ISBN: 9781107657267
Price: £42.22

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ii. Drugs in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care  

 In everyday practice, anaesthetists can make use of a wide range of drug treatments, and require readily available and accessible information on the appropriate drugs to use in any given situation. Drugs in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care has quickly established itself as an essential reference text for all anaesthetists, both trainees and consultants. The fourth edition of this book includes information on many new drugs, with information on many others revised. The book describes the pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of all the drugs commonly used by anaesthetists, all organized so as to allow rapid access to specific information on the properties and characteristics of almost 200 drugs. Drugs in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care fourth edition successfully provides a comprehensive, up-to-date reference for anaesthetists in training, consultant anaesthetists, intensive care nurses, and anaesthetic assistants.

Authors: Smith S, Scarth E and Sasada M
ISBN: 9780199599387
Price: £30.33
Publisher: Oxford University Press

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4. Physics, Measurement and Equipment

 i. Physics in Anaesthesia

 Physics in Anaesthesia caters especially for those who consider themselves non-physicists. It covers the FRCA syllabus in an informative and accessible way from the very basics, and provides an important link between theory and practice.

Worked examples highlight the relevance to clinical practice, and along with graphs and charts, make the basics of physics understandable not only to doctors, but also to operating department practitioners and students. It does not assume that readers will have A level physics.

Two different types of self-assessment questions at the end of each chapter will test understanding of the key concepts, while a summary section for each topic is ideal as a rapid refresher, highlighting any problem areas.

Authors: Ben Middleton; Justin Phillips; Rik Thomas; Simon Stacey
ISBN 9781904842989
Price: £29.39

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ii. Basic Physics and Measurement in Anaesthesia

 Basic Physics and Measurement in Anaesthesia seems to have replaced the old "Parbrook" as we affectionately called it - this new edition doesn't have him as an author but it looks like the same book (exactly the same title) - published in June this year. 

Authors:  Kenny, Gavin, BSc (Hons) MD FRCA; Davis, Paul D., BSc CPhys MIstP MIPSM
ISBN: 0750648287.
Price: Fifth edition available £52.19

 Click here to order Basic Physics and Measurement in Anaesthesia online from Amazon.

Click here to order Basic Physics and Measurement in Anaesthesia online from Amazon.
ii. Essentials of Anaesthetic Equipment, 4e

 Prepared by authors based in the UK, this highly practical, illustrated guide continues to provide an up-to-date, practical introduction to anaesthetic equipment and its use in clinical practice. An invaluable resource for all those who work with anaesthetic equipment, including anaesthetists studying for the FRCA examinations, nurses and operating department practitioners, this new edition has been completely updated to reflect current equipment and training requirements. Lavishly illustrated throughout with colour photos and clearly-drawn line illustrations plus fully revised self-assessment sections, Essentials of Anaesthetic Equipment, fourth edition, retains the superbly organized and easy-to-read format that has made previous editions such a success.

Authors: Al-Shaikh B and Stacey S
Price: £35.64
ISBN: 978070204954
Publisher: Churchill Livingstone

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 ii. Equipment in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care-A Complete Guide for the FRCA

 Equipment in Anaesthesia and Critical Care specifically follows the syllabus published by the Royal College of Anaesthetists and is the perfect guide for candidates studying for their FRCA qualifications.

The book is beautifully illustrated and features high quality colour photographs throughout. The text is engaging and comprehensive, relating each piece of equipment back to its basic physics, mechanics and clinical context. The clear, concise and standardised format means that information is easy to access and perfect for revision. Every major piece of equipment is featured alongside colour photos, reproducible line diagrams, and information on its uses, how it works, pros and cons, and safety considerations.

The authors, all senior registrars in anaesthesia and critical care, appreciate exactly what candidates need to know to pass the FRCA exam. They have identified and tackled difficult subjects which are often glossed over or omitted in other resources, to produce a book that is comprehensive, engaging and to the point.

: £37.99
Publisher: Scion

 Click here to order Equipment in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care online from Amazon. 
ii. Essentials of Anaesthetic Equipment (third edition)

 Essentials of Anaesthetic Equipment gives a concise, easy to understand description of equipment and its use in anaesthesia, intensive care and pain relief. Written to provide the trainee anaesthetist with an attractive and modern introductory textbook of the equipment which is in current usage, it is superbly illustrated with colour photographs and simple diagrams. A glossary is included to define the large vocabulary of technical terminology. Anaesthetic and intensive care nurses and operating theatre practitioners will also find the book of value. 

Price: £29.97
Publisher: Churchill Livingstone; ISBN: 044310087X 

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5. Physiology

i. Respiratory Physiology: The Essentials, 8e (Paperback)

Widely considered the "gold standard" for the teaching and learning of respiratory physiology, this fully updated ninth edition includes key points for each chapter and multiple-choice review questions and answers with full explanations. Available online via thePoint, animations help to clarify particularly difficult concepts and provide a visual component for use during instruction or review. This title includes new presents rationales for all questions, as well as explanations for each answer choice. It provides 82 essential-to-know, multiple-choice review questions which appear at the end of each chapter. It features an appendix of important equations. It supports learning through chapter-opening learning objectives and introductory material, as well as Key Concepts summaries at the end of each chapter. It also includes online resources such as question bank, animations, and full text for students. It includes animations online - 8 in total - via thePoint to illustrate particularly challenging concepts.

Author: West JB
Price: £23.50
Publisher: Lippincott
ISBN:    9788184730784

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6. Multiple Choice Questions

There are many mcqs books out there, recommended books include:

i. Q Base series 1, 4 and 7

 These books come with a CD-ROM which allows you time away from the books and to practice MCQs on your work/home computer.

Price: £20.39

 Click here to order the QBase book series from Amazon.

Click here to order the QBase book series online.

ii. Total Revision for the Primary FRCA

 At PasTest, we understand that the FRCA examination is a major hurdle for the aspiring anaesthetist. To pass, you must have a thorough knowledge of the entire syllabus. This book is designed to help! "Total Revision for the Primary FRCA: Practice Papers" has been written with the primary objective of providing you with Multiple Choice Question, OSCE and Structured Oral Examination practice papers that will prepare you for the entire Primary FRCA examination. Each question has been carefully formulated to cover a given section of the Primary FRCA syllabus. All major sections of the syllabus are dealt with and answers with detailed explanations are provided to enable you to develop your understanding of each topic.

Author: Hunningher A, Isitt, Tim and Cordery R
Publisher:  PasTest
Pub. Date:  June 2008
Price: £25.99

 Click here to order FRCA Primary Practice Papers online from Amazon.

iii. Guide to the FRCA Examination - The Primary

This essential study guide is intended for use by candidates preparing for the Primary FRCA examination. The MCQs given are drawn from the College question bank and illustrate the range and content of the questions. The viva questions used are actual examination material and are provided to help candidates to understand what they will face. The viva answers provide a guide to the content of the answers – as such these sections are an invaluable template for exam preparation and practice viva.

This Royal College of Anaesthetists publication is available to purchase at £20 (p&p free).  Contact the Finance Department at the Royal College of Anaesthetists on 020 7092 1500 with your credit card details.

RCoA - Guide to the PRIMARY FRCA Examination

7. OSCEs

The Anaesthesia OSCE (Second Edition)   
 The Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) is an established section in the part I examination and in many anaesthetic examinations throughout the world. It enables the examiners to assess a candidate's performance in a variety of areas and in topics that were not previously tested. The first edition sought to give examples of OSCE stations with answers. It was hoped that this would be of benefit to candidates as well as trainers looking for guidance about the type and style of stations that might be encountered. The second edition gives more examples of stations with answers. Candidates should find the answers helpful in assessing the level of knowledge required. Many stations require candidates to have a well-rehearsed system for them like examining the anaesthetic machine, or a system of the body. The second edition has been expanded to include these systems. More background information has been included so that once a system is understood it can be applied to different situations.

Author: Arthurs, Elfuturi
ISBN: 1841100870
Price: £49.99

 Click here to order Anaesthesia OSCE from Amazon.


Click here to order Anaesthesia OSCEs online.
The Objective Structured Clinical Examination in Anaesthesia: Practice Papers for Teachers and Trainees (Paperback)

The authors of this book have a rich experience in successfully conducting OSCE courses in the United Kingdom. The sample OSCE sets in the book closely simulate the style and content of the Royal College of Anaesthetists' examination format. The book contains 100 OSCE stations with answers based on key practical procedures, clinical skills, communication skills, data interpretation, anaesthetic equipment and the management of critical incidents on a simulator. The answers are presented thoroughly and clearly.The tutorial on the relevant topic and additional key points at the end of each station, together with more than 100 illustrations thro The marking system signifies the relevance of each question, enabling objective assessment of knowledge and practical skills. This book will also help candidates all over the world to pass highly competitive postgraduate examinations in anaesthesia.

Authors: Cyprian Mendonca and Shyam Balasubramanian
ISBN: 978-1903378564
Price: £28.25

 Click here to order OSCE in Anaesthesia online from Amazon.

8. Vivas

The Anaesthesia Viva  2

 This is the new edition of the second volume in this successful and well-known two volume series and covers physics, measurement, safety, and clinical anaesthesia. The book puts together over 200 commonly asked viva questions in these key areas as well as model short answers, supported with clear line diagrams.

Authors: Blunt, Mark; Urquhart, John; Pinnock, Colin
1841101036   2nd Ed   
Volume: Physics, Clinical Measurement, Safety 
Publisher:  Cambridge
Pub. Date:  14/04/03 
Price: £49.99 

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9. Anatomy

Anatomy for Anaesthetists

 First published in 1963, Anatomy for Anaesthetists is the definitive anatomy text for anaesthetists in training and remains an invaluable reference for those in practice. The text explores in depth those areas of particular interest to anaesthetists: the respiratory pathway, the heart, the vertebral canal and its contents, the peripheral nerves, the autonomic nervous system, and the cranial nerves, and also includes sections on the anatomy of pain and other zones of anaesthetic interest. This new 9th edition has been fully revised and updated to incorporate developments in regional techniques and the increased use of ultrasound.

Authors: Harold Ellis and Andrew D Lawson
ISBN: 111837598X
Price: £87.17

 Click here to order the A-Z online from Amazon.


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