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The first meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology in San Francisco in November 1979 can surely be classed as a success. The rich heritage and potential of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology were apparently transmitted at least to one of its two survivors. The principal characteristic, that of a meeting devoted to courses, lectures, and discussions, more than fulfilled the benchmarks of its late parent. Indeed, the daily programs, starting at 8:30 am and continuing with only brief intermissions for food and drink until 10 pm or later, should have satiated even the hungriest of the knowledge seekers. The attendance of 13,696, of whom 7,915 were physicians, surely attested to the high expectations for the academy. No doubt the somewhat romantic and ever-inviting aura of San Francisco contributed to the popularity, but it was more than that. The meeting itself, at times resembling a multiring circus, rose
Reinecke RD. The Academy. Arch Ophthalmol. 1980;98(5):831. doi:10.1001/archopht.1980.01020030825001