About 99 years ago under the influence of Ernst von Leyden the German "Comité fuer Krebsforschung" was established (February 18, 1900) in Berlin. This date may well be looked upon as an important starting point for organized cancer research not only in Germany. For this reason the 'German Cancer Research Center' (DKFZ) and the Institute for the History of Medicine, Ruprecht-Karls-University (Heidelberg), are planning to arrange an international symposium on "100 Years of Organized Cancer Research" to take place in Heidelberg from February 18th to 20th, 2000. The symposium will be held in English, French and German.
To mark the anniversary and to exchange historical research the organizers want to look back on a hundred years of medical thinking about, research on, and treatment of cancer. Although the main focus of the conference is supposed to be on diagnostical, therapeutical (surgery, radio-, chemo-, and immunotherapy), pathogenetical, and epidemiological aspects of cancer research (including prevention), there will also be a section on political, social, and cultural implications (as cancer in art and literature).
For more information please contact:
Institut für Geschichte der Medizin
Prof. Dr. Wolfgang U. Eckart
Im Neuenheimer Feld 368,
Dr. Michael Schwarz
Public Information Officer
phone +49 6221 542310, fax 542317