Surgical Science

Leonardo da Vinci's 'Drawing of a Woman's Torso'

In 1926 the founders of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons signed an ‘Exordium’ based on the Hippocratic tradition. One of the objectives was “To provide for intensive study of the science and art of surgery and for the higher education of surgeons and specialists and to improve the standards of hospitals and of surgical practice in them”.

The first article published in the ANZ Journal of Surgery was a presidential address by Sir Henry Newland. He stated that “The two most important duties of the College are the training of surgeons and the promotion of research in surgery”. Progress has not been linear – in particular, the 1980’s was a time of both introspection and growth. Besides publishing pieces of research, the Journal has maintained a dialogue about the relevance of research and academia to surgery as evidenced by the following selected articles:

Surgery and Research

R. D. Wright
DOI: 10.1111/j.1445-2197.1940.tb03070.x (Volume 9 Issue 4 (April 1940) p 423-424)

The Debt of Surgical Science to Australasia

Gordon Gordon-Taylor
DOI: 10.1111/j.1445-2197.1947.tb02972.x  (Volume 17 Issue 2 (October 1947) p 75-111)

The Surgeon and Research Today

E. S. J. King
DOI: 10.1111/j.1445-2197.1957.tb06385.x (Volume 26 Issue 4 (May 1957) p 267-73)

From Edinburgh, An Academic Surgeon

H. A. F. Dudley
DOI: 10.1111/j.1445-2197.1981.tb05951.x (Volume 51 Issue 3 (June 1981) p 247-50)

Research and the College

John Ludbrook
DOI: 10.1111/j.1445-2197.1983.tb02470.x  (Volume 53 Issue 5 (October 1983) p 393-394)

Medical Research and Medical Practice: New Perspectives on the 'Town' Versus 'Gown' Dilemma

G. J. V. Nossal
DOI: 10.1111/j.1445-2197.1984.tb05437.x  (Volume 54 Issue 6 (December 1984) p 505-8)

The College, Surgical Research, and the Journal

R. C. Bennett
DOI: 10.1111/j.1445-2197.1986.tb04512.x (Volume 56 Issue 8 (August 1986) p 605-606)

The Value of Research in Training — A Personal View

Gordon J. A. Clunie
DOI: 10.1111/j.1445-2197.1986.tb04513.x (Volume 56 Issue 8 (August 1986) p 605-606)

The RACS: Committed to Research

Irwin Faris
DOI: 10.1111/j.1445-2197.1991.tb00271.x (Volume 61 Issue 7 (July 1991) p 477-477)

Training Surgeon Scientists

James Toouli
DOI: 10.1046/j.1445-2197.2003.02702.x (Volume 73 Issue 8 (August 2003) p 630-632)

Surgical Research: Lost In Translation?

David I. Watson
DOI: 10.1111/j.1445-2197.2008.04475.x (Volume 78 Issue 5 (May 2008) p 358-359)

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