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Are international medical conferences an outdated luxury the planet can’t afford? Yes

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: (Published 26 June 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:1466

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This article causes me to reflect. This paper has emphasised if massive conferences determine some ecologic disasters, this is eventually true. I think other more important aspects could be discussed. Massive medical conferences do not always contribute to updating topics or discussion with other colleagues. Most of the participants take these events as "tourism events". Invitations are in general given to doctors who are experts but most frequently by "laboratory marketing".

Many investigators around the world have had serious limitations in their opportunities to communicate their results in the congress or in publications. This is the biggest problem for scientific communication.

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18 July 2008
Dr Gloria Rieppi
teaching public hospital Uruguay