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  1. Lt Col DAFH Parkhouse, MBBS BSc FRCA RAMC, Consultant Anaesthetist1
  1. 116 Close Support Medical Regiment, 16 Air Assault Brigade, Goojerat Barracks, Colchester. hdp02{at}


Anaesthesia, like all other medical specialities continues to advance, with improvements in the agents used and techniques employed in order to minimise adverse effects to the patient. This review examines some of these advances and looks forward to what the future might hold in other areas. As well as purely technical advances, other facets of anaesthetic service provision are reviewed, paying particular attention to how to provide a high quality service within the constraints of current working time legislation and revalidation.

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