The workshop was planned for a small group of investigators from different disciplines in order to encourage the maximum interchange between those participating. Although papers were prepared as a basis for the discussion, they were presented in most instances briefly to highlight problems, to raise questions, to propose hypotheses and thus to stimulate discussion. This open-ended presentation was highly successful in contrast to many meetings in which intensity of scheduling makes the paper an end by itself because there is no time for discussion. The circulation of outlines of the papers and references to the participants before the meeting appeared to be useful. In this way the concepts and references upon which the paper was based could be examined and the reactions to them formulated. In addition several planning sessions and the contacts between many of the participants at the Conference on Inhalation Carcinogenesis (Gatlinburg, Tenn, Oct 8-11, 1969) two
Prologue: Impressions of the Workshop as Communication. Arch Intern Med. 1970;126(3):415–416. doi:10.1001/archinte.1970.00310090045003
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