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ANZCA primary exams (PEx): Recommended reading list

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

Titles hyperlinked in crimson, can be accessed by clicking the heading.

Titles without a hyperlinked heading are available in hardcopy only and can be requested via the discovery service using the REQUEST PRINT LOAN link. You can access and request items from the complete list here.

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 physiology & pharmacology

General physiology



Renal physiology


General pharmacology

Anaesthetic pharmacology

Need help prepping for your exams? Try the Exam Preparation guide.

Want to test your knowledge/access BJA Education online exam content? Check out our Self-assessment Tools guide.

Looking for a comprehensive list anaesthesia training resources? See the the Anaesthesia training resources guide

Access the complete PEx list in the library discovery service.


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Find out more

For more information about the Primary Exam (PEx), visit the ANZCA Anaesthesia exams website.

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.

Other titles of interest

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

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