The Minutes of the Meetings 1974-1986
GEOFFREY B. WEST
The Collegium Internationale Allergologicum was founded in 1954 to promote the spirit of scientific enquiry, friendly co-operation, and good fellowship in the field of allergy. To achieve this object, it has held symposia about every two years since and the Copenhagen meeting in 1974 was the 10th in the series.
A symposium is defined as a conference for discussion, but there is a second definition - a drinking-party embracing conversation and intellectual entertainment. For twenty years no records were kept of the less scientific components of our symposia and I was asked - by someone - to rectify this.
You might call the following notes light minutes (like light music - that is, not heavy) and they represent our activities inside and outside the lecture halls. In fact, it is true to say that many of us do not always know where our wives go during the daytime or what they do on the ladies excursions. Of course, on the other side of the coin, members often play truant and absent themselves from some sessions, with excuses such as AI got up too late for the meetings", or AI had to check my return flight", or "It was too hot to concentrate", or AI had to visit a colleague". And so the following notes should be of interest to all of us.