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The written record of the First International Congress of Endocrinology, which was held in Copenhagen in July 1960, consists of a thick volume containing the abstracts submitted in advance. As every "congressgoer" knows, advance abstracts often represent what the participant thought he was going to say, and may then be obsolete by the time the meeting takes place. The Second International Congress of Endocrinology was organized differently from the first one. Participation was by invitation only. Instead of a multitude of short talks given in up to 11 simultaneous sessions, speakers were invited to present up-to-date knowledge in 58 symposia and over 60 lectures. Further, socalled stop-press-sessions were reserved for the communication of "red hot" items of new information. Finally, a number of speakers, whom the organizers apparently considered to be prophetically gifted, were asked to give lectures dealing with expected future advances in endocrinology. The book was published with
Halmi NS. Proceedings of the Second International Congress of Endocrinology.. Arch Intern Med. 1965;116(5):797-798. doi:10.1001/archinte.1965.03870050151034