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The World Health Organization proclaimed 1981 as the International Year of the Disabled. It was altogether fitting that the quadrennial XVth International Congress of Rheumatology should be held in that year.
In 1981, the Congress convened in Paris, the city of the first major hospital and medical school in a modern sense, the city of Charcot, Bouillaud, Bouchard, Marie, and so many others whose names remain in eponymic designations of rheumatic diseases. More than 1,500 abstracts were chosen for presentation in 70 workshops, and there were, in addition, poster sessions, free paper sessions, invited symposia, and lectures. The gamut of concerns of modern rheumatology was covered, and many of the data presented have not even yet reached publication. Incredibly, the meeting rooms were full the entire week, despite the lures of the City of Lights.
Immunogenetics and Rheumatic Disease
The genetic background of rheumatoid arthritis was discussed in several sessions,
Ehrlich GE. Rheumatology. JAMA. 1982;247(21):2983–2984. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03320460083035
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