The November issue of Annals of Surgery is devoted to papers presented at the European Surgical Association in May, 2012. The ESA is an excellent meeting held annually in Europe that is the counterpart to the American Surgical Association in the United States. The presidential address by Dr. Ermanno Ancona from Padova, Italy is entitled "Surgery in the internet era". The 24 selected articles from the meeting include 6 randomized controlled trials and several well-designed prospective observational studies.
The moderator for this month's journal club is Dr. Dennis Lund, professor of child health and surgery at the University of Arizona, surgeon-in-chief at Phoenix Childrens Hospital, and executive vice-president of Phoenix Childrens Medical Group. The selected article is "Irrigation versus suction alone during laparoscopic appendectomy for perforated appendicitis:a prospective randomized trial" by St. Peter and co-authors from Kansas City. The article appeared in the October, 2012 issue of Annals. This article can be accessed for free for all who wish to participate in the Journal Club.