At the top of the February issue is a thank you to the more than 1000 individuals who have assisted us with the peer review process for the Annals of Surgery during 2011. The altruistic efforts of these people are essential for the editor to select the best manuscripts for publication. If your name is not listed and you wish to review for the Annals of Surgery, please submit your name and area of expertise to the editorial office (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The two features with accompanying editorials in this issue deal with minimally invasive versus open esophagectomy for cancer and the proper staging of patients with tumor deposits in colorectal cancer. Also included in this issue are two randomized controlled trials, four reviews and/or meta-analyses, and two cohort clinical trials.
The moderator for the February Annals of Surgery Journal Club is Dr. David Rattner, Professor of surgery at the Massachusetts General Hospital. The featured article is "Randomized controlled trial comparing single-port laparoscopic cholecystectomy and four-port laparoscopic cholecystectomy" by Ma et al in the July, 2011 issue of the Annals of Surgery. This article will be made available to all who wish to participate in the Journal Club. Access to the article and Dr. Rattner's summary of it will appear in the Journal Club blog on this website. Dr. Rattner will also post four questions for participants to ponder and respond to by posting comments on the blog. Dr. Rattner will respond to the comments and questions on a weekly basis during February. We welcome all who wish to participate in the Journal Club.
For those who have not yet accessed them, there are a number of interesting collections of articles under the Collections tab.