JAMA 100 Years Ago Section Editor: Jennifer
Reiling, Assistant Editor.
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.
THE INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS OF ARTS AND SCIENCE.. JAMA. 2004;292(14):1764. doi:10.1001/jama.292.14.1764