Miller's Anesthesia

Miller's Anesthesia is an authoritative textbook on anesthesiology.


First published in 1981 by Churchill Livingstone, it was originally catered to an American audience due to technical differences in anesthesia procedures among European and American practitioners. The first edition was co-authored by many contributors at the University of California. The book soon became a huge success, and it was frequently cited by research groups and clinical departments across the United States.[1]

The second edition appeared in 1986, with total content filling more than 2400 pages spread over three separate volumes. Although it was criticized for lack of cross-referencing and noticeable differences in writing styles due to a higher number of contributors, Miller's Anesthesia soon became the "standard encyclopedic textbook of anesthesia".[1] In 1991, the third edition was released in two volumes with the involvement of more international contributors.[1] The sixth edition was noted for its illustrations of technical procedures such as ultrasound-guided peripheral venous access, caudal block in pediatric populations and anesthesia for robot-assisted surgery.[2] New video segments were created for the accompanying CD demonstrations of techniques such as tracheal intubation and needle cricothyrotomy.[3] In 2010, the seventh edition was released with a downloadable video library for extra anesthesia procedures.[4]

In 2015, the eight edition was released with more than 3200 pages in two volumes and nine main sections. Major updates include ten new chapters covering robot-administered anesthesia, non-operating room anesthesia, non-opioid analgesics, and anesthetic neurotoxicity.[5]

The American Society of Anesthesiologists has recommended Miller's Anesthesia as an essential textbook for preparations for a career in anesthesiology.[6]

Companion textsEdit

  • Miller's Anesthesia Review[7]
  • Anesthetic Pharmacology: Physiologic Principles and Clinical Practice[8]

Further readingEdit

  • Miller's Anesthesia. W B Saunders Co. 2014. ISBN 978-0702052835.


  1. ^ a b c Blazier, Kenneth L.; McPeek, Bucknam (16 May 1991). "Book Review Anesthesia Third edition. Edited by Ronald D. Miller, with Roy F. Cucchiara, Edward D. Miller, Jr., J.G. Reves, Michael F. Roizen, and John J. Savarese. 2420 pp. in two volumes, illustrated. New York, Churchill Livingstone, 1990. $175". New England Journal of Medicine. 324 (20): 1442–1443. doi:10.1056/NEJM199105163242019.
  2. ^ Johnstone, Robert (December 2005). "Anesthesia. 6th ed". Anesthesia & Analgesia. 101 (6): 1895. doi:10.1097/00000539-200512000-00087.
  3. ^ Egan, Talmage (September 2005). "Miller's Anesthesia, 6th Edition". Anesthesiology. 103 (3): 673. doi:10.1097/00000542-200509000-00044. Retrieved 2 May 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ Kalra, Praveen (January 2010). "Millerʼs Anesthesia, Volumes 1 and 2, 7th Edition". Anesthesiology. 112 (1): 260–261. doi:10.1097/ALN.0b013e3181c5dc06.
  5. ^ Lalonde, Geneviève (9 January 2015). "Miller's Anesthesia, Eighth Edition". Canadian Journal of Anesthesia. 62 (5): 558–559. doi:10.1007/s12630-015-0311-5.
  6. ^ "How to Prepare for a Career in Anesthesiology". American Society of Anesthesiologists. Retrieved 2 May 2015. An easy way to determine if you have an interest in medicine and anesthesiology is to read more about it. Most colleges and universities have subscriptions to popular anesthesia journals and texts in their collection. One key book to read is Miller's Anesthesia. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. ^ Miller, Lorraine M. Sdrales, Ronald D. (2013). Miller's anesthesia review (2nd ed.). Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier/Saunders. ISBN 9781437727937.
  8. ^ Maze, Alex S. Evers; Mervyn (2004). Anesthetic pharmacology: physiologic principles and clinical practice : a companion to Miller's Anesthesia. Philadelphia, Pa.: Churchill Livingstone. ISBN 9780443065798.