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Anaesthesia history prize

Thomas Boulton Anaesthesia History Prize 2023


The Association of Anaesthetists (the Association) and the History of Anaesthesia Society will offer a cash prize to a trainee or medical student member of the Association for an original essay of 4000-6000 words on a topic related to the history of anaesthesia, intensive care or pain management.

Submit your essay

Closing date for submissions is 23:59 on Wednesday 1 February 2023.

Submission guidance:

  • Submitters must be the sole author of their essay.
  • Essays should have reference in Vancouver format.
  • Illustrations are allowed.
  • The paper should not previously have been published.
  • Resubmission of an essay previously submitted to the Thomas Boulton Anaesthesia History prize may only be allowed on one occasion.
  • All essays will be subject to a plagiarism check as part of the judging process. Any essay deemed to be outside the allowed range will be withdrawn from the process.
  • Submitted essays will be archived for research purposes.

The £500 prize and an engraved medal will be awarded at the discretion of the judging panel, and the winner may be invited to present the paper at the Association Trainee Conference. Certificates of merit may also be awarded to other entries of high standard.

The winning entry may be published on the Association website or in Anaesthesia News at the discretion of the Managing Editor.

Essays will be assessed by members of the Association of Anaesthetists Heritage, Research and Innovation Committee using the following scoring criteria:

Relevance to theme

  1. Not related; ignores topic
  2. Poetic licence needed
  3. Some relevance; misses point of topic
  4. Mostly relevant; doesn't fully address topic
  5. Entirely answers question; fully related to topic

Originality/author's ideas

  1. No new ideas; poor arguments
  2. Little novel; not publishable
  3. Some novel ideas; uses well-known arguments
  4. Good arguments; publishable
  5. Novel ideas; immediate reader impact

How well researched

  1. No evidence base presented
  2. Little research; inappropriate references
  3. Some evidence presented; mostly opinion/hearsay
  4. Mostly evidence based; appropriate use of references
  5. Fully referenced; understands quoted literature

How well written and laid out

  1. Confused presentation; no adherence to word limit
  2. Unclear arguments; poorly laid out; poor use of English
  3. Layout could be improved; untidy in parts
  4. Reasonable prose; within 10% of word limit
  5. Clear and concise; well presented; within word limit

If you have any additional queries, please contact the Association Governance team on 020 7631 1650 option 3 or at