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December 1963

The Social History of the Eighth International Medical Congress, Held in Copenhagen, August, 1884.

Arch Intern Med. 1963;112(6):989-990. doi:10.1001/archinte.1963.03860060201029

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Somebody who put his mind to it could probably write a flamboyant description of contemporary medical meetings, particularly some of the gigantic ones. Even if the social history of what goes on behind the scenes might not always be illuminating, if honestly presented it should be a matter of great interest and possibly very entertaining. International congresses of medicine in our day and age do not seem to achieve the gorgeous display and style which our forefathers were able to muster, giving dignity and pageantry almost regal proportions. If we think about medical meetings on the large scale, international congresses and such in the past, we may recall or know of one or another remembered for some brilliant paper or the announcement of a great discovery. Their impact on the people who participated in them is pretty largely gone. But not altogether. Thus one gets a refreshing view of what

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