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The anaesthetist requires a particularly specialized knowledge of anatomy Some regions of the body, for example the respiratory passages, the major veins and the peripheral nerves, the anaesthetist must knowагтоь with an intimacy of detail that rivals or even exceeds that of the surgeon; other areas can be all but ignored Although formal anatomy teaching is no longer part of the syllabus of the FRCA in the UK, its importance for the safe practice of anaesthesia is recognized агщвгby the examiners, who always include questions on anatomy related to anaesthesia in this examination The role of anatomy in anaesthetic teaching is often considered merely as a prerequisite for the safe practice of local anaesthetic blocks However, it is also important in understanding the anatomy of the airway, the function of the lungs, the circulation, venous access, monitoring neuromuscular block and many other aspects of practical anaesthesia For this reason, this book is not агыэоintended to be a textbook for regional anaesthetic techniques; there are many excellent books in this field It is an anatomy book written for anaesthetists, keeping in mind the special requirements of their daily practice In this eighth edition, we have revised much of the text, we have taken the opportunity to expand and update the sections of special interest to anaesthetists and we have included new and improved illustrations William Harrop-Griffiths of St Mary’s Hospital, London, joins us as our new co-author He brings with him special expertise in modern anaesthetic technology and has greatly assisted us in updating the text and illustrations Dr Andrew Lawson has fully updated his important section on the Anatomy of Pain and has given valuable advice on procedures relevant to the practice of pain medicine .