The November issue of Annals of Surgery is devoted to papers presented at the European Surgical Association(ESA) meeting held in Beaune, France in April, 2013. The ESA is the counterpart to the American Surgical Association in the United States and is held annually in Europe. This year the ESA celebrated its 20th anniversary. An interesting editorial by Henri Bismuth traces the history of the ESA and its symbiotic relationship to the Annals of Surgery. The presidential address by Pierre-Alain Clavien is titled "Targeting quality in surgery". Seventeen papers presented at this excellent meeting are published in this issue of Annals.
November's Journal Club featured article is "Association between occurence of a postoperative complication and readmission" by EH Lawson and co-authors published in Annals of Surgery 258: 10-18. The expert moderator is Dr. Matthew Hutter, associate professor of surgery at Harvard University and Director, Codman Center for Clinical Effectiveness in Surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital.
This article can be accessed for free by anyone who wishes to participate in the journal club.