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JAMA 100 Years Ago
October 13, 2004


Author Affiliations

JAMA 100 Years Ago Section Editor: Jennifer Reiling, Assistant Editor.

JAMA. 2004;292(14):1764. doi:10.1001/jama.292.14.1764

At an early stage in the preparations for the World’s Fair in St. Louis, it was decided to hold an “International Congress of Arts and Science.” The special purpose of this congress was to emphasize the relationships between the various branches of knowledge, and thus to encourage harmony and unification in the intellectual world. The authorities of the fair set aside a large sum of money for the expenses of the congress, including the publication of its transactions. And so it came about that during the week between September 19 and 25 there gathered in St. Louis men of science and scholars from practically all European countries, from Japan, from Canada and from the United States. Altogether there were present about 100 delegates from foreign countries, and certainly it must be emphasized that these were all leaders in their respective fields of work. Probably so notable a group of scholars representing so diversified interests has never before been assembled.

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