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FREE: BJS special issue on surgery in the elderly is now available online

Click here to access this special issue covering areas such as vascular interventions in the elderly, molecular and biological hallmarks of ageing, kidney and liver transplantation in the elderly, and a systematic review on postoperative delirium in elderly patients.

Introducing The Art of Surgery series

BJS will publish a series of historical vignettes exploring the interconnections between art and surgery through the ages. The first one discusses The Anatomy Lesson of Nicolaes Tulp painted by Rembrandt in 1632, which belongs to a famous series of anatomy lessons commissioned by the Amsterdam Guild of Surgeons in the 17th and 18th centuries. You can read the full essay by F. F. A. IJpma and T. M. van Gulik here.

Read Society meeting abstract supplements

Click here to read abstracts from the annual meetings of SARS, ASGBI, SEIQ, the Swiss Society of Surgery and others.

ASGBI 2017 International Surgical Congress: Call For Papers

The International Surgical Congress of the Association of Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland will take place in Glasgow from Wednesday 3rd to Friday 5th May 2017. The theme of the meeting is 'Safer Surgery'. Please visit this website for more information on how to submit your abstract.

Announcing a brand new BJS website!

We are excited to announce that the BJS website has undergone a full redesign and will launch in December 2016. You will land on a fresh, modern, uncluttered homepage that you can fully tailor according to your surgical specialty. You'll be able to share abstracts on all social media platforms; join discussion forums; search on surgical specialty, content type, author, keyword and DOI; and access a wealth of information, resources and support for authors. Not long now!

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Volume 103 Issue 13 (December 2016) is now available online

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To access articles published as Early View in advance of inclusion in an issue, please click here.

- Remember we now publish Spanish translations of all abstracts; they can be found in the translation section at the end of each issue. Recuerde que la traducción al español de todos los resúmenes la encontrará en la sección correspondiente al final de cada número.

 - Download the BJS app to access journal content. Simply search for 'BJS' in the App Store.  Available for iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch.  Instructions for setting up access to content are available here.

Highlights of the October 2016 issue

We have published the first in a series of historical vignettes on The Art of Surgery.  It is a pleasure to ponder the individualism required to perform surgery in this era of standardization, protocols, and team approach. As doctors we learned about biological systems and their seemingly endless interconnections. To be a surgeon we had to learn to practise a craft that, despite the science and heritage passed down by innumerable generations, had unpredictable results as reliant on the patient as the operator. The intimacy of the dynamic interplay between patient and individual surgeon is as tangible yet indefinable as between artist and the medium in which masterpiece unfolds. Both require dedication, training, and precision in addition to dexterity, vision, and indomitable spirit. A degree of creative optimism, manifest in the attention to detail driven by an insatiable need to do better, is apparent in all who master either art or surgery. BJS seeks to explore the artistic side of surgeons in this new section. We welcome submissions of images or articles connecting art and surgery (from historical perspectives to modern works).

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