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As noted by the editors in their preface of this book, the Retina Congress convened in September 1972 to commemorate the 25th Anniversary of the Retina Service of the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary and to salute its founder and director for a quarter century, Charles L. Schepens. His former students and their pupils met in Boston with other experts from many parts of the world to review the progress of the past generation, to assess current concepts, and to evolve future therapeutic and investigative curricula.
There were 85 participants and 12 moderators of the scientific sessions.
It became apparent during the congress that the multidisciplinary approach advocated by Dr. Schepens had resulted in greater success in the prevention of blindness than had been imagined possible two or three decades ago.
The program of the Retina Congress included reviews of current basic concepts of retinal anatomy and physiology and presentations
Allen HF. Retina Congress—25th Anniversary Meeting of the Retina Service of the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, 1972. Arch Ophthalmol. 1975;93(5):394. doi:10.1001/archopht.1975.01010020406025