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It is something of an adventure to read the transactions of all the International Congresses of Ophthalmology, for the path of this organization has not been easy and each meeting has been plagued with unique problems. At times it seemed that the very life of the organization was threatened, that it would never again function. Fires, wars, revolutions, diplomatic red tape, narrow-minded nationalism, and, strangely enough, from time to time even out-and-out apathy have been the problems the organizations committees of the past have had to face. Yet these committees have planned and brought into being 17 meetings, and they have in spite of all obstacles, new and old, made each meeting more interesting, more popular, and wider in scope than the preceeding meeting. No mean feat, indeed.
No less important and difficult have been the tasks of the editorial committees, who have been charged with the responsibility of providing
Acta XVII concilium ophthalmologicum, 1954, Canada, United States of America.. AMA Arch Ophthalmol. 1956;56(2):319-320. doi:10.1001/archopht.1956.00930040327017