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World Anaesthesia Day 2013

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 provided a collection of free articles from the BJA, a highlighted selection of BJA podcasts to download, and three freely available articles from prestigious Anaesthesia titles on Oxford Medicine Online.

Editor’s Choice articles FREE throughout October:


Read the 10 articles specially selected by BJA’s Editor-in-Chief, Ravi P. Mahajan, to mark the anniversary, free throughout October.


‘Making Anaesthesia Practice Safer’

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

1. Antifibrinolytic agents in current anaesthetic practice.
E. Ortmann, M. W. Besser, and A. A. Klein.

2. Anaesthesia and intensive care management of face transplantation.
Sedaghati-nia, A. Gilton, C. Liger, M. Binhas, F. Cook, B. Ait-Mammar, E. Scherrer, M. Hivelin,
L. Lantieri, J. Marty, and B. Plaud.


3. Propofol for adult procedural sedation in a UK emergency department: safety profile in 1008 cases.
B. Newstead, S. Bradburn, A. Appelboam, A. Reuben, A. Harris, A. Hudson, L. Jones, C. McLauchlan, P. Riou, M. Jadav, and G. Lloyd.

4. Hydroxyethyl starch: here today, gone tomorrow.
J. P. Nolan andM. G. Mythen.

5. Anaesthetic neurotoxicity and neuroplasticity: an expert group report and statement based on the BJA Salzburg Seminar.
V. Jevtovic-Todorovic, A. R. Absalom, K. Blomgren, A. Brambrink, G. Crosby, D. J. Culley, G. Fiskum,
R. G. Giffard, K. F. Herold, A. W. Loepke, D. Ma, B. A. Orser, E. Planel, W. Slikker, Jr, S. G. Soriano, G. Stratmann, L. Vutskits, Z. Xie, and H. C. Hemmings, Jr.

6. Neuropathic pain: a pathway for care developed by the British Pain Society.
B. H. Smith, J. Lee, C. Price, and A. P. Baranowski.

7. Imaging pain: a potent means for investigating pain mechanisms in patients.
M. C. Lee and I. Tracey.

8. Inflammatory response, immunosuppression, and cancer recurrence after perioperative blood transfusions.
J. P. Cata, H. Wang, V. Gottumukkala, J. Reuben, and D. I. Sessler.

9. A national survey of anaesthetists (NAP5 Baseline) to estimate an annual incidence of accidental awareness during general anaesthesia in the UK.
J. J. Pandit, T. M. Cook, W. R. Jonker, and E. O'Sullivan.

10. Role of therapeutic hypothermia in improving outcome after traumatic brain injury: a systematic review.
A. P. Georgiou andA. R. Manara.

Listen to a collection of FREE podcasts, from the BJA, hand-picked to accompany World Anaesthesia Day


Failed intubation in Obstetrics
Long-term quality of sleep after remifentanil-based anaesthesia
Human factors and patient safety in anaesthesia
Sound asleep
Propofol use by non-anaesthetists in the Emergency Department

Free chapters from Oxford Medicine Online

Read a selection of freely available articles from our leading Anaesthesia titles available online in Oxford Medicine Online for free throughout October. You can also receive 20% off all of our Anaesthesia titles. Just add the books to your basket and your discount will be added at checkout.

Oxford Handbook of Anaesthesia (3 ed.): Neurological and muscular disorders
Oxford Handbook of Anaesthesia (3 ed.): Thoracic surgery
Emergencies In Anaesthesia (2 ed.): Cardiovascular
Principles and Practice of Regional Anaesthesia (4 ed.): History and development of local anaesthesia

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