JAMA 100 Years Ago Section Editor: Jennifer
Reiling, Assistant Editor.
The misfortune which befell a party of physicians en route to the recent
Pan-American Medical Congress at Panama, namely, the delay of the ship so
that they were too late for the congress, did not prevent them from having
a little congress of their own on board. It seems that the party sailed from
Baltimore in what should have been ample time to reach Panama, but the weather
was bad, fog prevailed, and the machinery broke. When the two-score physicians
realized that they would miss all but the last day of the congress, they proved
themselves equal to the emergency and held their own little congress on board
the ship, and the pleasant sequel of their ability to meet this unusual situation
was the acceptance by the Pan-American Medical Congress of their branch meeting
as a part of the proceedings of the regular congress. A medical congress is
not usually held on board ship, and hence this one had a particular zest and
spice about it.
A MEDICAL CONGRESS SHIPBOARD.. JAMA. 2005;293(4):504. doi:10.1001/jama.293.4.504-b