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InformationThis page includes all books which are part of the recommended reading list for the ANZCA Primary exam. 

e_booksTitles hyperlinked in red, can be accessed by clicking the heading.

BooksTitles without a hyperlink are hardcopy resources only and can be requested via the discovery service. Access and request items from the complete hardcopy list here.

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Beyond recommended reading

Candidates are advised that all examination questions are based on Learning Outcomes and that the great majority of information required is contained in the recommended texts. The most recent version of each of the following texts is the recommended text. However, some topics are only superficially covered in the textbooks and candidates are advised to draw on many resources as they study, in order to gain a deeper understanding of those areas that relate to everyday anaesthetic practice.


No specific textbook is recommended for the anatomy section of the syllabus, as any general text would be considered suitable. The following text could be consulted for more detailed information in specific areas.

Clinical measurement, equipment & safety


General Pharmacology

Anaesthetic Pharmacology

Other titles of interest

Whilst the titles below are not on the recommended reading list, they contain information that may be of interest.

General physiology & pharmacology

General Physiology



Renal Physiology

AccessMedicine: Human Anatomy Modules

AccessMedicine now includes interactive modules allow for visualization of the human body in an interactive, 3D format where both male and female anatomy modules can be viewed. Choose a module and then utilize the options on the left-side of the screen to learn more about human anatomy.

Additionally, there a number of discrete anatomy tours for areas of the body including the brain, muscles and nerves, the spine and many more.

Complete Human Anatomy Modules

Human Anatomy Tours