Welcome Address by the President of the International Council of Ophthalmology
Dear President Duncker, Officers, Members, and Guests,
I am pleased and deeply honored to be able to send to each of
you and to the DOG greetings from the International Council of
Ophthalmology and congratulations on your 150th anniversary.
The two dominant features of that first International Congress
were von Graefe's description of the iridectomy and the great
emphasis placed on "military ophthalmia" -- trachoma. Happily, we
It is fitting that you are celebrating “150 years of scientific exchange
and innovation in ophthalmology." The DOG has the distinction of
being the oldest national society in ophthalmology, with a distinguished
history of many critical contributions. The great forefathers
I deeply regret I cannot be in attendance, but one of your own, ICO Immediate Past President Fritz Naumann will give greetings for the rest of the world's ophthalmologists.
It was 80 years ago in 1927 that the International Council of Ophthalmology
was founded, first, to stabilize the International Congresses,
and subsequently to begin to provide international services
The next World Ophthalmology Congress (the XXXI International Congress) will be held in Hong Kong, June 28-July 2, 2008, and we hope many DOG members will join us there.
On behalf of theWorld's ophthalmological societies and ophthalmologists,
I send greetings to you for what I know will be a most
successful and joyous 150th anniversary event.
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