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World Anaesthesia Day 2014

World Anaesthesia Day commemorates the first successful demonstration of ether anaesthesia on October 16, 1846. This ranks as one of the most significant events in the history of Medicine and took place at the Massachusetts General Hospital, home of the Harvard School of Medicine. The discovery made it possible for patients to obtain the benefits of surgical treatment without the pain associated with an operation.

To celebrate we have created a collection of free articles from the BJA and a highlighted selection of BJA podcasts to download.

Editor’s Choice articles available FREE for three months


Read the 10 articles specially selected by BJA’s Editor-in-Chief, Ravi P. Mahajan, to mark the anniversary, free for the next three months.

Simply click on a title to read the collection and to help us commemorate this extraordinary event!

1. Fluid responsiveness: an evolution of our understanding
P. E. Marik and J. Lemson

2. Isotonic crystalloid solutions: a structured review of the literature
D. Orbegozo Cortés, A. Rayo Bonor and J. L. Vincent

3. Opioid-induced hyperalgesia in patients after surgery: a systematic review and a meta-analysis
D. Fletcher and V. Martinez

4. Effects of dexamethasone as a local anaesthetic adjuvant for brachial plexus block: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized trials
S. Choi, R. Rodseth and C. J. L. McCartney

5. Intracranial pressure monitoring, cerebral perfusion pressure estimation, and ICP/CPP-guided therapy: a standard of care or optional extra after brain injury?
M. A. Kirkman and M. Smith

6. Crystalloid or colloid for goal-directed fluid therapy in colorectal surgery
D. R. A. Yates, S. J. Davies, H. E. Milner and R. J. T. Wilson

7. Systematic review of uncalibrated arterial pressure waveform analysis to determine cardiac output and stroke volume variation
C. Slagt, I. Malagon and A. B. J. Groeneveld

8. II. β-Blockers and cardiac protection: 5 yr on from POISE
P. Foex and J. W. Sear

9. Comparison of the effects of albumin 5%, hydroxyethyl starch 130/0.4 6%, and Ringer's lactate on blood loss and coagulation after cardiac surgery
K. Skhirtladze, E. M. Base, A. Lassnigg, A. Kaider, S. Linke, M. Dworschak and M. J. Hiesmayr

10. Incidence of postoperative death and acute kidney injury associated with i.v. 6% hydroxyethyl starch use: systematic review and meta-analysis
M. A. Gillies, M. Habicher, S. Jhanji, M. Sander, M. Mythen, M. Hamilton and R. M. Pearse

Listen to a collection of FREE, hand-picked BJA podcasts to learn more about anaesthesia practice this World Anaesthesia Day


Fifth National Audit Project on Accidental Awareness during General Anaesthesia
Pre-hospital Anaesthesia
Fluid responsiveness: an evolution in our understanding
Post-operative Cognitive Decline
Needle Phobia - A Psychological Perspective

Free chapters from our online resources

Read a selection of freely available articles from our leading Anaesthesia titles available online.

Oxford Textbook of Anaesthesia for Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery: The history of dental anaesthesia
American National Biography Online: William Thomas Green Morton

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