I became familiar with the EOPS long before I got my first invitation to attend its meeting as a guest in 1989. Having the opportunity to work with professor Ahti Tarkkanen, one of the thirty-one founding members of the EOPS and a most active participant subsequently, I soon learned about this 'fanatic society' as he aptly described it. Without hesitating for a moment, he placed the EOPS cases available to me, starting right from the inaugural meeting held in London in 1962.
Needless to say, I found these files extremely useful, both when initially learning the craft of ophthalmic pathology and later on in clinical practice. One could count on having a sample case of even the rarest of ocular afflictions. The EOPS files soon became indispensable to me, and I learned to recognize its members by name and reputation. Little by little, familiarity turned into enchantment.
Having been a guest in the utterly friendly and scientifically stimulating atmosphere of the Copenhagen meeting organized by Ove Jensen and Jan Prause in 1989, with Joan Mullaney as the President and Michel Hanssens as the Corresponding Secretary, I was definitely in love with the EOPS. Last year, in the Sitges meeting organized by Antonio HenrÍquez with Gottfried Naumann and Basil Daicker as the President and Corresponding Secretary, respectively, I noticed that nothing of this charm had withered.
During all these years I had one problem, though - the puzzle of organizing the material of the by then roughly thirty EOPS meetings with a grand total of over one thousand case presentations. You undoubtedly know how annoying it is to remember having seen a specimen, even perhaps recalling who presented it, and being unable to relocate the case. Trying to resolve this problem, I compiled an index of the EOPS titles for my personal use in the course of years.
These files that are based on my index list the titles of papers given until the Sitges meeting. The data has also been transposed into an author index. I have found them quite useful for rapidly relocating old specimens. It is my fervent hope that placing this simple index available to all of you will alleviate at least some of the problems you may encounter when consulting older specimens or preparing protocols for future meetings. For those who do not have a complete record of previous meetings, it will give an overview of what has been going on in the Society. Finally, I would like to see it as a tribute of a neophyte member to his august predecessors.
Tero Kivelä, M.D.
I would cordially like to thank all members of the EOPS for the enthusiasm with which they have received the EOPS Index, distributed in our Annual Meeting in L'Aquila. I am equally grateful to all those who have pointed out the inevitable small inaccuracies in the First Edition, as well as submitted further material to be included in the Second Edition.
Two incidents relating to the Index merit special mention. First of all, the startling complimentary remarks of our Honorary Life President, professor Norman Ashton, F.R.S., during the Formal Dinner held at the Apothecaries' Hall, London, May 1995, which were deeply appreciated. It is very apt, indeed, that the Second Edition will close the circle of EOPS for the time being, as it ends with a London meeting, the very place where the Society was founded and where the first true joint meeting of EOPS and Verhoeff Society took place. Secondly, the decision of the Society to donate an updated copy to members of its forebear, the revered Verhoeff Society just mentioned, on the occasion of the Seventh Joint Meeting to be held in Houston, Texas, in 1996.
As new features, the Second Edition includes in its Author Index data on the Presidents, Corresponding Secretaries, and Organising Secretaries of the Society, based on material submitted by the Present and Past Presidents, Michel Hanssens and Gottfried Naumann, respectively. A separate list of Officers has additionally been compiled. The notes of Michel Hanssens on the early decades of EOPS were most useful in checking the years of election of members, and they have led to several small revisions of the data.
Again, I sincerely hope that the Index will provide a useful overview of what has been going on in the EOPS during its existence. In particular, as the EOPS and Verhoeff Society have exchanged slides of their meetings, the Index might serve as a means of locating specimens from the EOPS collection if the need be.
Tero Kivelä, M.D.
The idea to author an on-line edition of the EOPS Index to the World Wide Web was born when some of the members suggested that the index data could also be provided in an electronic form on a disk. Such an edition would be, however, still in need of regular updating and redistribution. Moreover, the programs for reading the data would vary. The idea in itself was, however, a good one. One of the main proponents of the electronic form was Fritz Stefani from Germany, whom I would like to thank for inspiration and encouragement.
The Index in the World Wide Web provides several advantages. First, it makes browsing of the index relatively easy. Secondly, it allows addition of illustartive material to the Index, and I now provide the logo and the group photograph of the meetings whenever available. Thirdly, updates will be immediately available to every member connected to the Web. Fourthly, the Index can be accessed by all other interested parties. Finally, it enables rich cross referencing within the index.
I am glad to lauch the On-Line Edition on the occasion of the Seventh Joint Meeting of the EOPS and the Verhoeff Society, simultaneously with the printed Second Edition.
Tero Kivelä, M.D.