36th Annual Clinical Congress Exhibit Hall, Boston, 1950
(Photo credit: Fay Foto Service, Inc.)
Industrial exhibits of companies selling surgically related products, have always been a part of the Annual Clinical Congress of the American College of Surgeons (ACS). Since one of the College’s missions is to provide and facilitate postgraduate/continuing education in surgery for its members, the ACS has always encouraged vendors and associated organizations to display their wares at these annual meetings. Surgeons are able to examine the latest available products and learn how to use them. Through the years, the venues, design, and technology have changed, but the objective behind the Clinical Congress exhibit hall remains the same: to facilitate and provide educational opportunities to promote high quality care of the surgical patient.