The EOPS Index Explanations and Notes

The EOPS Index

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Explanations and Notes

Regarding the Source Index
Reagrding the Author Index
Editorial Notes

This informal index of the cases presented in the annual meetings of the European Ophthalmic Pathology Society (EOPS) from the year 1962 onward falls into two parts: the Source Index and the Author Index.

While reading either index, it is important to remember that they have been compiled on the basis of the case protocols only. As such, they are likely to contain inaccuracies, inconsistencies, and even an occasional mistake. Consequently, the index should be viewed as a draft rather than an official record, and I cordially welcome every imaginable correction, suggestion and other criticism to make it better.

The two indices provide the following information.

Source Index

Regarding the Author Index
Editorial notes

1. The sequential number and the type of the meeting

The meeting is listed either as an annual meeting of the EOPS or a joint meeting with the Verhoeff Society (VS).

Please note that the index excludes the First Joint Meeting held in 1966. On this occasion, members of the EOPS were invited to attend as special guests the 20th annual VS meeting that was held one month prior to the EOPS meeting in Geneva. Fourteen EOPS members attended. This successful mingling of the two societies led to the Second, or first true Joint Meeting in 1971 that replaced the annual EOPS and VS meetings, and has since been held every five years.

2. The place and date of the meeting

Please note that the European cities in which the meetings were held are also indicated in a map.

3. An index number

This number is a unique identifier indicating the year and case number of that particular paper, given in the order of presentation of the papers during that meeting.

4. The author and title of the presentation

The titles are given as in the final protocol, and they quite often differ from those given in the printed program of the meeting. Although gross spelling mistakes have been corrected, the titles are otherwise given as written by the author of the presentation.

5. For Editorial Notes in square brackets see below

Author Index

Regarding the Source Index
Editorial Notes

1. The name of the author

2. The status of the author when attending a particular meeting

The status is listed either as a Founding Member, an Ordinary Member, an Honorary Member, a Guest, or a speaker in a joint meeting of the EOPS and VS. Note that the year refers to the status of the author at the time of the meeting, as opposed to the year when he or she was elected a member.

Please note that the geographical distribution of the membership is also summarised in a map.

3. The affiliation of the author

The index lists the affiliations of the authors given in the protocols. In case that the author has moved from one institution to another, the old affiliation is given in parentheses.

4. The index number and title of presentation

The index number refers to the year and case number of that particular paper, and is a cross-reference to the Source Index.

5. For Editorial Notes in square brackets see next section

Editorial Notes

Regarding the Source Index
Reagrding the Author Index

The titles of presentations in the Source and Author Index may be followed by any of the following editorial notes.

[Not presented]

The source indicates that the member was absent from the meeting and the paper was not given. The protocol may nevertheless be in file. If the paper was postponed to a later meeting, the Source Index refers the reader to it by its index number.

[No protocol]

This comment simply means that I have had no access to the protocol for one reason or another; the paper may not have been given, the protocol may not have been distributed, or it may have subsequently been lost.

[Extra case]

The speaker has presented an additional case in the meeting. If both have been presented sequentially, the same index number with the suffixes A and B has been given to them. If the two papers were given on two occasions, they have separate index numbers.


The paper was given by a guest representing a member, which is no longer possible; the title is listed under both names in the Author Index

[presented by]

In the Author Index, indicates that the paper was given by someone else in the absence of the member.

[Title unknown]

A title in parentheses was not actually given in the protocol but reflects the contents of the paper. Alternatively, this was not a case presentation but some extra item in the meeting.

[Revised diagnosis by Author]

Indicates that the author himself has later changed the diagnosis either in writing or otherwise conclusively.

[Revised diagnosis by Meeting]

Pathology is an art. In difficult cases, opinions abound. I have been extremely conservative with the titles given in the protocols, even though the actual diagnoses may have been questioned by individual members. Rarely, the notes indicate that the meeting has been rather unanimous of an alternative diagnosis. In these singular cases, I have given this revised diagnosis.

[from collection]

Indicates that the slides derive from a historical specimen.

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Letter to the Editor Tero Kivelä Courtesy of the University of Helsinki