Education, Textbooks, General Medical Info

  • Upcoming conferences
  • Important Anaesthesia sites
  • Trainee Sites
  • Multiple choice questions (MCQ’s)
  • Lecture or study notes
  • Case Conferences
  • Textbooks
  • Icons and Clip Art
  • General medical sites
  • Medical translation services

Listings of upcoming conferences

  • The ANZCA meetings list – very comprehensive.
  • The US ASA searchable meetings database – a meeting every day of the year?
  • California Society of Anaesthetists meetings

Important Anaesthesia Sites

Instead of searching the whole net, browsing a dedicated anaesthesia site can give you a great overview of ‘what’s out there’.

The Virtual Anaesthesia Textbook is an international, organised, comprehensive and accessible listing of anaesthesia resources in a textbook style format.

The World Federation of Anaesthesia Societies (WFSA) through Update in Anaesthesia and the World Anaesthesia Society provide very extensive educational and information resources.

Other excellent sites include Gary Malet’s substantial and extremely well organised listing of general medical and anaesthesia information in the Medical Matrix site (now requires annual fee for registration), the Martingdale’s Medical and Surgical – Anesthesiology Centre (with 170k of links to all kinds of medical and non-medical sites), AnesthesiaWeb, hosted by Roche, which contains links to Duke University’s educational material (free subscription required).

InVivo is a large French language site with anaesthesia sections. Narcomed are a German site with links to many European and international anaesthesia and toxicology sites.

E-Medicine is a comprehensive free on-line textbook of emergency medicine, with chapters now on almost any branch of medicine. Respiratory Product News is a great ventilation resource.

The ASA Closed Claims Project includes amny other userful pages.

Several sites stand out as ‘reference’ sites for certain geographic areas, and their significant local content makes them worthwhile places to visit:

Australia – Australasian Anaesthesia
Canada – Ottawa General.
Europe – InVivo (France, French) – Spanish, en Espagnol, the Austrian Anesthesia site (German)
USA – the Mexican Anaesthesia site,
South Africa – The Worldwide Anaesthetist – lectures, case histories etc.

For a lighthearted musical view of anaesthesia, visit the Laryngospasms’ web site (mp3 trial versions available free) and for visual humour

Keith Ruskin’s GasNet was a common starting points for US anesthesiologists, but has not been actively maintained since 1 Jan 2006. A historical copy remains here. AJ Wrights extensive ACCRI (Anaesthesia and Criticial Care Resources on the Internet) listing no longer exists.

The Utopian Surgery site describes the history of anaesthesia and the case against it.

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Resources for trainees:

  • Not really on-topic, but the student BMJ is pretty good!
  • Mark Finnis has excellent lecture notes for the primary and fellowship ANZCA exams; also intensive care notes and exam hints.
  • The Basel Red Book.
  • Thomas Faunce sells a 377 page annotated Australian College of Anaesthetists and ICU primary exam syllabus for $A50.00.
  • is a UK based medical education and job support/placement company.
  • iGasLog an iPhone app for case logging from iMobileMedic
  • The Online Anaesthesia Portfolio is also available on the iphone

Multiple choice questions (MCQ’s)

  • provide on-line trial MCQ’s including some for the FRCA primary.
  • Kerry Brandis’ AnaesthesiaMCQ site has a tutorials on Acid-Base and fluid balance, as well as a link to the Black Bank Wiki (login required) and other MCQ banks.

Other sites, lecture or study notes, often in point form:

  • Some optical illusions, anaesthesia style, and other links:
  • AnesthesiaNow is an interesting Organon-sponsored educational site for anaesthesia professionals.
  • New York School of Regional Anaesthesia (NYSORA) is jam packed with useful and well-presented information about regional anaesthesia from St Lukes-Roosevelt Hospital Centre.
  • The University of Basel Anesthesiology Resident’s Handbook
  • Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Australia lecture listing is varied and straightforward.
  • The WFSA, World Anaesthesia and WorldWide Anaesthetist provide excellent educational articles.
  • The National Center for Emergency Medicine and Informatics clinical score calculators (BMI, Glasgow Coma, Apgar scores etc)
  • Even more clinical calculators are available from globalrh.
  • Latex Allergy – AAIR
  • Guidelines for the Management of Latex Allergies and Safe Latex Use in Health Care Facilities.
  • Respiratory Product News – info on respiratory techniques, ventilators etc
  • Versalius is a surgical site with a bit of anatomy.
  • have lots of information on ECG interpretation and arrhythmias.
  • Penlon has nice pictures of laryngoscopes .

Case Conferences:

  • Case Conferences at MedConnect (need to be a registered user, say ‘OK’ with blank password)
  • Reuters Health News – have a free interactive general medical case each month

Textbook sales (online ordering)

  • – sale and rental of medical textbooks.
  •,,– compare book prices.
  •,,, and sell new and second-hand books of all types.
  • General book sites include and Medical Bookcenter.
  • provide a useful flash-enhanced site for their book on ECG interpretation.

Icons, images and clip art:

  • Primal Pictures for detailed anatomical depictions (commercial)
  • Stock Photography at Go Graph and Can Stock Photo Medical Images : rofessional royalty free stock photographs and images.
  • ImagesMD – professional medical photos and images on a commercial site.
  • Clip Art Collection
  • Clip Art Searcher
  • Doe Report online medical illustrations, and anatomical models cross-referenced in a fast search engine
  • Foto Search Stock Photography – a commercial gateway to stock photos, icons etc.
  • Nucleus Communications developer of custom and stock medical illustrations, animations and multimedia .
  • Indexed Visuals – commercial US service linking artists and medical staff, also stock images.

General Medical Resources:

  • The National Center for Emergency Medical Informatics – lots of useful information.
  • AudioDigest provide audio presentations including podcasts.
  • MedHunt is a great general Medical Search Engine.
  • New Media Medicine contains links to many general medical sites.
  • provide fast reporting of medical breakthroughs
  • Medical World Search is a list and search tool.
  • Martingdale’s Medical and Surgical contains 170k of interesting links.
  • Medical Education On-Line is a site specifically for the dissemination of internet medical educational resources.
  • The US National Center for Biotechnology Information may be useful for medline, genome studies etc.
  • The NHS Evidence in Health and Social Care site provides a searchable set of articles on a wide range of topics including evidence based medicine etc.
  • Basic Drug information is available from Nurses PDR in the US.
  • Online ACLS training from

Medical translation services

  • Sid Helperin’s Spanish Phrasebook for Anesthesia, contains about 200 essential phrases in in English and Spanish, with the Spanish version rendered phonetically, on audio cassette or as an interactive CD. When used on a laptop the translation can be heard simultaneously by the anesthetist and the patient.
  • Tomedes and TransABC provide professional translation services.
  • uebersetzungsbuero-4u and 24translate are particularly expert in German translation.
  • Lingo24, WebTranslations and LiveTranslation provide high quality professional medical translations, interpreting and other translation related services.

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