Twelve hundred prominent scientists from Europe, Africa, America, Australia, Canada, India and Japan attended the opening by King Paul of Greece of the first European Ophthalmological Society Congress in Athens, Apr 19.
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Background: Twelve hundred prominent scientists from Europe, Africa, America, Australia, Canada, India and Japan attended the opening by King Paul of Greece of the first European Ophthalmological Society Congress in Athens, Apr 19.
Welcoming the delegates to Greece, King Paul said: "I believe that in a union of knowledge and human kindness lies the solution to many of our contemporary problems, not only of health but of politics, economics and human relations." The King referred to a successful cataract operation he had in Zurich last May and added: "I want you to know that I. personally, appreciate fully the outstanding importance of modern medical practitioners, and that I regard them as an example of what might be achieved if we all learned to apply your high standard of values to our everyday life."
Professor Charamis of Athens University, President of the Congress, spoke of the influence of ancient Greek medicine on modern civilisation. He referred to the ancient Greeks' reverence for the art of healing, marked by their temples erected to Asklepios - the god of medicine known by the Romans as Aesculapius. Recalling the country's eminent physician who lived 2,400 years ago, Professor Charamis said; "The work of Hippocrates has contributed much to the progress of ophthalmology."
The Congress - first of its kind to include all 24 countries of Europe, except Albania which, it was stated, had no ophthalmologists to send - will continue until Apr 22.