The Early Years - Creating a Culture

Photograph of the RACS building in the 1930s

The RACS building in the 1930s

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons building in Melbourne opened in 1935.

New organisations need to develop a culture. During the early years of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, the ANZ Journal of Surgery published a number of articles about the need for high professional standards. Frederic Wood Jones went to some length to define the characteristics of a ‘master surgeon’. It is one of the most influential articles that has ever been published in the ANZ Journal of Surgery:

The Master Surgeon

F. Wood Jones
DOI: 10.1111/j.1445-2197.1935.tb02654.x (Volume 5 Issue 1 (July 1935) p 34-47)

It is also worth drawing attention to five brief articles. Many of the concepts that they contain are still relevant:

Reading, conferring and writing

F. Gordon Bell
DOI: 10.1111/j.1445-2197.1934.tb04472.x (Volume 3 Issue 4 (April 1934) p 393-394)

The Romance of Surgery

Ernest W. Hey Groves
DOI: 10.1111/j.1445-2197.1936.tb02726.x (Volume 5 Issue 4 (April 1936) p 333-349)

The Cultured Surgeon

D'Arcy Power
DOI: 10.1111/j.1445-2197.1937.tb03536.x (Volume 6 Issue 3 (January 1937) p 244-247)

The Etiquette of a Surgical Consultation

H.S. Newland
DOI: 10.1111/j.1445-2197.1937.tb06180.x (Volume 6 Issue 4 (April 1937) p 403-404)

The Specialist

W.H. Ogilvy
DOI: 10.1111/j.1445-2197.1939.tb02843.x (Volume 9 Issue 2 (October 1939) p 201-203)

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