Live! From New York City!
In today's world of online conferencing, it may not seem particularly stunning to report on a Vediclinic; but in 1955, it was big news indeed. Twenty-two thousand physicians, that's right, 22,000 doctors from all over the country gathered together without ever leaving their home town to view a conference on coronary artery disease. This was the biggest medical meeting ever! Big news? You bet!
We think nothing of accessing our office computer from home or joining an interactive meeting or a webinar that might be taking place anywhere in the world, from our homes and offices. Software with brand names like, Virtual rooms, Mikogo, Fuze, Yugma, Dimdim, Backtalk, COW, WELL Engaged, YAPP, Big Mouth Lion and TALKaway, make it all possible.
David Woolley, of THINKOFIT, a pioneer in online conferencing for 30 years, said that, "In the summer of 1994 there were exactly two products in this category, both of them rather primitive freeware packages. Today there is well over 60 commercial and freeware products, many of them quite sophisticated that support conferencing on the Web in one form or another."
Our article this week describes how five hundred Portland physicians met at the Multnomah Hotel in downtown Portland and joined 22, 000 others from 32 cities. They sat in rapt attention as the vediclinic presented "a forceful and dramatic program of the best medical and scientific thinking of the nation on one of the world's leading killers of man." It was so well attended that the hotel had to open up an adjoining room.
The program was live from New York City and tied together live pickups from Boston, New York and Cleveland with filmed reports from five other large cities. One of the five distinguished panelists' was Dr. Howard P. Lewis, professor of medicine and head of the department of medicine at the University of Oregon Medical School. His presence was described as "confident and at ease in both argument and explanation."
The post-graduate vediclinic showed that the science of electronics and medicine can team together to present the newest scientific information without the obstacles of time and space. It was not only dynamic and impressive; it was also entertaining at times drawing laughs from the audience. While one of the distinguished panelists described how he encouraged patients to give up smoking, the camera captured the smoke from his cigarette, held just out of view, curling up around his ears.
The then president of the United States, Dwight D. Eisenhower, opened the program saying, "God speed on your mission."
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