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May 26, 1956


JAMA. 1956;161(4):381. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02970040079014

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The character of medical meetings has changed markedly during the last half-century. At the meeting of the American Medical Association in Denver in 1898, the year before the Scientific Exhibit was initiated, there were 615 papers listed. These were read by "essayists," few of whom had co-authors, and they constituted the entire program.

At the coming meeting of the Association in Chicago in 1956, with the greatly increased attendance over the 1898 meeting, the number of "papers" has been reduced to 244, nearly half of which will have as authors two to five persons who have worked in collaboration. Other features of the meeting include more than 30 panels and symposiums on a variety of subjects, over 300 scientific exhibits covering all phases of medicine, four full days of color television, which brings the operating room directly into the meeting hall, and a spectacular group of motion pictures, many of

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