The forty-fifth annual meeting of the Pacific Coast Oto-Ophthalmological Society was held in Palm Springs, Calif., April 30 to May 5, 1961, with Dr. Dohrmann Pischel, San Francisco, presiding as president.
Next to the American Academy of Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology this society probably is the largest EENT Society in the United States, with a membership of almost 1,000. The membership is composed of eye, ear, nose, and throat physicians from the states west of the Rocky Mountains, including the new states of Hawaii and Alaska.
The society had its origins under fiery circumstances, its first meeting being scheduled for April 17, 18, and 19, 1906. The earthquake and fire in San Francisco interrupted the second day of the sessions. According to Dickey,1 the founders were so "shaken" that nothing further was heard of them until 1911. At that time Professor Ernst Fuchs of Vienna was in San Francisco to
H. M. Pacific Coast Oto-Ophthalmological Society. Arch Ophthalmol. 1961;66(2):157. doi:10.1001/archopht.1961.00960010159003