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As 2017 marks the 60th anniversary of the Canadian Journal of Surgery, its editors in chief take a look back at the history leading to the creation of the journal and at how CJS maintains its original partnerships in order to continue its mission. Organized surgery has existed in Canada for more than 3 centuries. The CJS is the longest surviving of more than 20 journals reporting surgical endeavours. The editors rededicate its mission to the highest standard possible.