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The meetings of the established scientific societies have become so large that free and fearless exchange of ideas has become stifled. The opportunity for an intimate exchange of current ideas and information by investigators in a particular field is now being met by special conferences such as the Gordon Research Conference, the Josiah Macy Foundation Conferences, and the M & R Pediatric Research Conference. These conferences aim to bring together the active investigators in a field under circumstances which permit a relaxed and thorough consideration of the hypothesis, methodology, and the current status of the knowledge in the field of their investigations. Another advantage of these conferences is that the participants are invited to make presentations because of their qualifications, so that the programs may be arranged for complete coverage and as they are not dependent upon the chance presentation of papers to be incorporated into a diffuse program, such
Adrenal Function in Infants and Children: 13th M & R Pediatric Research Conference. AMA Arch Intern Med. 1956;97(2):263. doi:10.1001/archinte.1956.00250200139018
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