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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: An Encyclopedia of Principles and Practice

 Before you buy any book, buy the A-Z of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care. An excellent summary of just about everything and really good for just looking up a subject like "Oxygen" for example! Puts things into perspective and makes succinct summaries which one needs.

Authors: Yentis SM, Hirsch NP, Smith GB 
ISBN: 0443067856 
Price: £39.05

 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: £91.20

 Click here to order Fundamentals of Anaesthesia from Amazon.

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: £30.11

 Click here to order Primary FRCA in a box online from Amazon

3. Pharmacology

i. Pharmacology for Anaesthesia and Intensive Care

 An excellent review of all the essential drugs can be found in Pharmacology for Anaesthesia and Intensive Care - it is concise and contains clear illustrations.

Authors: Tom Peck, Sue Hill
ISBN: 9780521704362
Price: £45.90

 Click here to order Pharmacology for Anaesthesia and Intensive Care from Amazon.

ii. Drugs in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care  

 This pocket handbook is indispensible for those tiny details the mcq requires and is a superb reference text.
Martin Sasada, Susan Smith 

Price: £32.95
Publisher: Oxford University Press;
ISBN: 0198526164

 Click here to order Drugs in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care online from Amazon.

Click here to order Drugs in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care online from Amazon.

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: £30.39

 Click here to order Physics in Anaesthesia from Amazon

 
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 £48.27

 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 (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: £35.59
Publisher: Churchill Livingstone; ISBN: 044310087X

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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.



Price
: £36.09
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 

 Click here to order Essentials of Anaesthetic Equipment online from Amazon. 


   

 

5. Physiology

i. Respiratory Physiology: The Essentials (Seventh Edition). John B West.(Paperback)

Just as the title states, this fully updated Seventh Edition delivers the essential information your students need in respiratory physiology. Written by Dr West, a highly respected leader in the field, this text is considered to be the "gold standard" for medical and health science students, trainees and practitioners on the function of the respiratory system. New content reflects the latest advances in respiratory science including physiology of pulmonary capillaries, hypoxic pulmonary vasoconstriction, pulmonary edeme, surface tension, elastic properties of the lung and chest wall, metabolic functions of the lung and perinatal respiration.

Price: £35.76
Publisher: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins,US; 7Rev Ed edition (1 May 2004)
ISBN:    0781751527

 Click here to order West

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. FRCA Primary Practice Papers

Designed to accompany "Final FRCA Practice Papers", this book contains three practice exams. Each exam contains 90 multiple-choice questions, with detailed answers and teaching notes, and 16 OSCE stations and vivas with model answers. A revision index provides easy access to key topics.

Author: Isitt, Tim
ISBN:1901198391    
Publisher:  PasTest
Pub. Date:  31/07/99 
Price: (Used) £21.50

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

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)   
  
 Written by college examiners and recently qualified anaesthetists. The new edition has been fully updated and expanded to reflect all recent changes to the OSCE examination.

Author: Arthurs, Elfuturi
ISBN: 1841100870
Price: £48.00

 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: £24.50

 Click here to order OSCE in Anaesthesia online from Amazon.

8. Vivas

The Anaesthesia Viva  2

 This is a revised edition, it 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: £42.21 

 Click here to order Anaesthesia Viva 2 from Amazon.

9. Anatomy

Anatomy for Anaesthetists

 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.

Authors: Harold Ellis 
ISBN: 1405106638
Price: Eighth edition now available (Used) £179.08

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















 






 
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