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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.

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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.

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Featuring updated taxonomy to make it more intuitive and searchable, this database of randomized clinical trials in surgery allows you to browse by subject or search by date, making Scientific Surgery your first stop for surgical RCTs.

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Volume 103 Issue 11 (October 2016) is now available online

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- 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.

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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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Bowel function and quality of life after local excision or total mesorectal excision following chemoradiotherapy for rectal cancer

S. Pucciarelli, F. Giandomenico, A. De Paoli, T. Gavaruzzi, L. Lotto, G. Mantello, C. Barba, P. Zotti, S. Flora, P. Del Bianco

Abstract Background Local excision for rectal cancer is expected to offer a better functional outcome than conventional surgery. The aim of the present study was to compare quality of life and bowel function in patients with rectal cancer who underwent either local excision or conventional surgery after chemoradiotherapy. Methods This was a...

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Basic Science for the MRCS, 2nd Edition

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This book is a revision guide to the core basic sciences - anatomy, physiology and pathology - which comprise the essential knowledge required by the trainee entering the specialty of surgery. This book concentrates on those topics which tend to be recurring examination themes for initial surgical training. It is a resource for the basic surgical trainee studying for the Intercollegiate MRCS examination, as well as proving useful for those in higher surgical training and for the surgically inclined,...

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Cardiovascular risk prevention and all‐cause mortality in primary care patients with an abdominal aortic aneurysm

S. S. Bahia, A. Vidal‐Diez, S. R. K. Seshasai, I. Shpitser, J. R. Brownrigg, B. O. Patterson, K. K. Ray, P. J. Holt, M. M. Thompson, A. Karthikesalingam

Background Perioperative mortality is low for patients undergoing abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) repair, but long‐term survival remains poor. Although patients diagnosed with AAA have a significant burden of cardiovascular disease and associated risk factors, there is limited understanding of the contribution of cardiovascular risk management to long‐term survival. Methods ...