The Thomas Boulton Anaesthesia History Prize

The Association of Anaesthetists and the History of Anaesthesia Society will offer a cash prize of £500 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.

Submission to the 2019 prize is now closed

Submission guidance:

  • Essays should have reference in Vancouver format.
  • Illustrations are allowed.
  • The paper should not previously have been published.
  • Resubmission of an essay previously submitted may only be allowed on one occasion.

All essays will be subject to a plagiarism check as part of the judging process.

The £500 prize and an engraved medal will be awarded at the discretion of the judging panel, and the winner will 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.

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


2018 Winning essay

'Monitoring depth of anaesthesia, a long standing enterprise' by Miss Laura Josette Gounon. To view her essay click here>>

History of Anaesthesia Society

Previous Winning Essays

2017: Come fly with me by Dr Sam Fosker

2015: The Art of Anaesthesia by Dr David Gilhooly

2014: Avicenna The Anaesthetist by Dr Yassar Mustafa.

2013: The Historical Role Anaesthesia Has Played in Discovering the Nature of Consciousness by Dr Martin John.