Figures are quoted from the literature to show the comparative safety of spinal anaesthesia. The history of spinal anaesthesia is shortly outlined. The mode of action of these anaesthetics is descriptionbed. The advantages, disadvantages, indications and contraindications are enumerated. The technique of administration is discussed. The complications are discussed. Case reports of 106 spinal anaesthetics are summarised. The value of spinal anaesthesia is stressed, especially for operations below the diaphragm.