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A poster poser—doing it in tiles

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: (Published 24 December 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a2923
  1. Adesh Shrivastava, resident surgical officer, department of general surgery, Gandhi Medical College and Hamidia Hospital, Barkatullah University, Bhopal, India
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    It was a scene familiar to many a doctor travelling to make a conference presentation. Dr Kotkar smiles as he remembers the episode at Mumbai airport: “As I boarded the aircraft I saw many anxious faces staring at me. Soon I realised that it was my long tube-like poster holder, which made me look as if I was carrying a rocket launcher. And then it would not fit inside the overhead locker even after a joint effort by me and the air hostess. I had anticipated such embarrassment but had no other option.”

    Doctors and researchers often have excellent ideas for designs for illustrated posters to use in presentations at meetings and conferences. But then, to avoid situations such as Dr Kotkar’s, they ruin the effect by resorting to the conventional A4 sized landscape printout for ease of carrying, especially when long distance travel on aeroplanes is involved.

    Dr Desai, who enjoys painting as a hobby and whose ideas for poster designs are appreciated by his students and colleagues, is irked by this problem. “It’s really annoying that you cannot present your best, particularly at the international level,” he said. …

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