On behalf of the Organising Committee of the 10th Biennial
Meeting of the International Gynaecologic Cancer Society,
it is my pleasure to invite you to the Meeting which will
be held from the 3rd to the 7th of October 2004 in Edinburgh.
Edinburgh is a city whose international contribution to medicine
began in 1726 with the foundation of a Medical School by the
Town Council. From the establishment of Edinburgh Royal Infirmary
in 1741 to 1800, the number of students enrolled for the anatomy
classes rose from 57 to over 400! Many students came from
North America, especially Virginia, South Carolina and Pennsylvania.
The broad training and great output of the Edinburgh School
resulted in Edinburgh graduates travelling to all parts of
the world. The American link was the most significant and
indeed two Edinburgh medical graduates actually signed the
American Declaration of Independence- Benjamin Rush and John
Surgeons in Scotland, unlike their counterparts in England,
were free of the control of the physicians and many Scottish
surgeons studied in the great European centres. The Edinburgh
College of Surgeons received its Seal of Cause in 1505 when
it was necessary for a surgeon to demonstrate proficiency
in reading the signs of the Zodiac!
They also had the monopoly to sell whisky - for medicinal
They were numbered among the craftsmen of the town and this
is reflected today in the British surgeons' courtesy title
Famous graduates include Kelvin (temperature) Clerk-Maxwell
(electromagnetic radiation) as well as Lister (surgical infections
and antisepsis), Syme (surgery and amputation) Simpson (Chloroform)
and MacEwen (inventor of the osteotome).
Research in Edinburgh's science parks continues to contribute
to international developments in science and medicine, including
the most notable Dolly the cloned sheep!
Edinburgh's fusion of fabled streets and historic buildings
is contained within a vibrant modern city to provide the most
inspirational of settings for a successful conference.
We intend to provide a stimulating scientific programme covering
a wide range of topics relating to the prevention, early diagnosis
and treatment of gynaecological cancers. We will continue
to explore the means by which modern technologies can be used
to assist colleagues in countries with fewer resources to
deliver a better service to their patients.
We look forward to giving you a warm welcome in 2004.
Ian V. Scott MB,ChB. FRCOG
10th Biennial meeting of the International Gynaecologic Cancer