Readership: General readers as well as those interested or involved in the healthcare and medical fields, including medical students, doctors, and nurses.
Aidan O'Donnell, Consultant Anaesthetist, Waikato Hospital, Hamilton, New Zealand
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 Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists in 2011. This is his first book.
"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
"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