Collaboration, Competition and Conflict: the Early Days of the BJA and AOA

Collaboration, Competition and Conflict: the Early Days of the BJA and AOA

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Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland

21 Portland Place

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Collaboration, competition and conflict: the early days of the British Journal of Anaesthesia and the Association of Anaesthetists

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Join us for a talk about the intertwined history of the British Medical Journal and the early Association of Anaesthetists.

This talk will examine the results of the collaboration of the British Journal of Anaesthesia (BJA) and the Association in its early years, and reconsider the traditional narrative that the conflict of the Second World War was productive for the specialty of anaesthesia.

In the 1920s and 1930s the BJA and the Association of Anaesthetists were close collaborators, the editors of the BJA having consistently called for the foundation of a representative organisation of anaesthetists. The Second World War presented a huge challenge to the BJA and the quality of the journal suffered significantly as a result.

With the foundation of the Association’s journal in 1946 it seemed as though a competitor was now in play; however, in both 1949 and 1959 a proposal was made to amalgamate the journals. These were both ultimately rejected due to the strong belief of some senior figures in the need for competition in the field.

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Eleanor Shaw is a PhD student at the Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine (CHSTM) at the University of Manchester, researching the history of the British Journal of Anaesthesia.

This is a hybrid event. You can either attend in person or online.

For those joining online, the Zoom link will be sent the day before the event.

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