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Anatomy for Anaesthetists, 8th Edition

Harold Ellis, Stanley Feldman, William Harrop-Griffiths

ISBN: 978-0-470-75586-0 January 2008 Wiley-Blackwell 368 Pages


This book has been written to help candidates sitting their professional examination in anaesthesia in order that they may have at their disposal the detailed anatomical knowledge necessary for the day to day practice of anaesthesia. Unlike a textbook of anatomy, which must cover all parts of the body with equally exhaustive thoroughness, this book concentrates particularly on areas of special relevance to anaesthesia and points out features of practical importance to anaesthetic technique. The text is divided into nine sections; the respiratory pathway, the heart, the vertebral canal, the peripheral nerves; The Autonomic Nervous System; The Cranial Nerves; The Orbit and its contents; The Anatomy of Pain and Zones of Anaesthetic Interest.

The eighth edition has fully expanded and updated text; and includes new and improved illustrations.

Part 1: The Respiratory Pathway.

The Mouth.

The Nose.

The Pharynx.

The Larynx.

The Trachea.

The Main Bronchi.

The Pleura.

The Lungs.

Part 2: The Heart:.

The Pericardium.

The Heart.

Developmental Anatomy.

Part 3: The Vertebral Canal and Its Contents.

The Vertebrae and Sacrum.

The Spinal Meninges.

The Spinal Cord.

Part 4: The Peripheral Nerves.

The Spinal Nerves.

The Cervical Plexus.

The Brachial Plexus.

The Thoracic Nerves.

The Lumbar Plexus.

The Sacral and Coccygeal Plexuses.

Part 5: The Autonomic Nervous System.


The Sympathetic System.

The Parasympathetic System.

Part 6: The Cranial Nerves:.


The Olfactory Nerve.

The Optic Nerve.

The Oculomotor Nerve.

The Trochlear Nerve.

The Trigeminal Nerve.

The Abducent Nerve.

The Facial Nerve.

The Auditory Nerve.

The Glossopharyngeal Nerve.

The Vagus Nerve.

The Accessory Nerve.

The Hypoglossal Nerve.

Part 7: The Anatomy of Pain: Introduction.

Classification of Pain.

Peripheral Receptors and Afferent Fibres.

The Spinal Cord and Central Projections.

Modulation of Pain.

The Gate Control Theory of Pain.

The Sympathetic Nervous System and Pain.

Part 8: Zones of Anaesthetic Interest.

The Thoracic Inlet.

The Diaphragm.

The Intercostal Spaces.

The Abdominal Wall.

The Antecubital Fossa.

The Great Veins of the Neck.

The Orbit and its contents.

The Bony orbit.

The Orbital Foramina.

The Subdivisions of the Orbit.

The Eyeball.

Contents of the eyeball.

The Orbital muscles.

The Fascial sheath of the eye.

The eyelids and conjunctiva.

The Lacrimal apparatus.

Local Anaesthesia for eye surgery.


'The new edition of this popular book will be welcomed by anaesthetists at all levels of training. It is recommended for trainees, for department libraries...'
Anaesthesia and Intensive Care

'A strong point of this book is the excellent style in which it is written; it flows well and is very easy to read.'
Anaesthesia and Analgesia

"I don't suppose God knows more anatomy!"

* separate chapter on the anatomy of pain
* major emphasis is placed on those anatomical regions of special relevance to the anaesthetist
* concise and accessible in style, the text is supported be generous use of illustrations
* two-colour illustrations clearly show nerve and blood vessel paths
* constantly points out where anatomical landmarks are relevant to clinical pratice