Featuring the work of more than 80 internationally respected contributors from around the world, this reference comprehensively explores all of the issues and techniques that pertain to the practice of obstetric anesthesia. In addition to anesthesia for labor and delivery, it also addresses operative anesthesia, obstetric and anesthetic complications, and systemic disease during pregnancy. A disease-oriented approach guides readers step by step through preoperative evaluation, intraoperative management, and postpartum care for both healthy and high-risk patients. Chapters written by 82 international contributors Chapters include the most current information and references on obstetric anaesthesia Contains pertinent topics for today's practitioners such as the effects of physiology, pharmacology, and anatomy in obstetrics, analgesia for labour, operative anaesthesia, systemic disease in the pregnant patient, and related considerations. Features section on pregnant patient with systemic disease so the practitioner knows how to handle both the healthy patient and the special cases where the patient has a systemic disease Provides comprehensive coverage on anaesthetic and obstetric complications, a crucial factor in practising both anaesthesiology and obstetrics.