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The Inaugural Meeting of the International Society of Tropical Dermatology was held on May 10, 1960, at the Caspary Hall of the Rockefeller Institute in New York. Over 230 persons attended, including several Federal and State representatives, members of the diplomatic corps, and numerous members of foreign countries.
After a brief opening, Dr. Rene Dubos welcomed the assembly on behalf of Dr. Detlew Bronk, President of the Institute, emphasizing the importance of the new organization and expressing his gratification that the seat of the Inaugural Meeting was the Rockefeller Institute, more especially, since Professor Aldo Castellani began his career in the field of tropical medicine at the same time that the Rockefeller Institute was founded.
"Elephantiasis Tropica and Elephantiasis Nostra" was the topic of Professor Castellani's Presidential Address. Many decades of experience, both in the tropics and temperate zones (England, Italy, Scotland, and Switzerland) were presented. Emphasis was placed upon
Reiss F. The Inaugural Meeting of the International Society of Tropical Dermatology. Arch Dermatol. 1960;82(6):1002. doi:10.1001/archderm.1960.01580060158026
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