This book will help you to improve your knowledge base. Originally designed as a study aid to improve performance on the Anaesthesiology Written Boards and In-service exams, this book is full of useful information. A few words are appropriate in discussing intent, format, limitations and use. Primarily intended as a study aid, the text is written in a rapid-fire question/answer format. This way, readers receive immediate gratification. Moreover, misleading or confusing 'foils' are not provided. Additional 'hooks' may be attached to the answer in various forms, including mnemonics, visual imagery, repetition, and humour. Additional information, not requested in the question, may be included in the answer. Emphasis has been placed on distilling trivia and key facts that are easily overlooked, quickly forgotten and that somehow seem to be needed on board examinations.