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July 1962

Conference on Diabetic Retinopathy

Arch Ophthalmol. 1962;68(1):2-3. doi:10.1001/archopht.1962.00960030006002

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The conference on diabetic retinopathy, held at O'Hare Inn, Chicago, in May reflected two trends: first, the increasing attention which this disease, or complication of a disease, is receiving from a wide group of investigators, and secondly, the modern look in conferences with participants from all over the country gathering in meeting halls close by airfields where they can whisk in and whisk out.

The present conference, graciously sponsored by the National Society for the Prevention of Blindness, and ably organized by Dr. Frank Newell, was mainly concerned with microcirculation and the retina. It brought together ophthalmologists, internists, biochemists, cytogeneticists, physiologists, and histologists of both the classical and electron microscope varieties. Little of immediate practical value to the patient evolved, or was expected, but many penetrating studies were presented that may well have important practical consequences.

Although diabetes is a common disease in some animals (dogs, hamsters, and mice) and

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