ideo autem omnes ad consilium vocari diximus, quia saepe iuniori Dominus
revelat quod melius est.*
Benedictus de Nursia Regula Benedicti, ca. 550 A. C. Caput 111,3
The Wilsede Meetings were initiated in 1973 as an unusual experiment,
and in the meantime this biennial symposium has already come to constitute
an established and successful tradition. In June 1986 scientists and physicians
met for the seventh time in the 300year-old Emmenhof in Wilsede, in the
heart of the Luneburg Heath, to discuss modern trends in human leukemia,
It was Pappenheim who in 1910 prepared the first international hematology
congress. It was to have been held in Berlin under the title "Der große
mononukleäre Leukozyt Ehrlichs, seine Morphologie und Funktion, seine
Herkunft und seine Benennung" (Ehrlich's large mononuclear leukocyte.
Its morphology, function, origin, and name), which was the most important
and topical question at that time. It is amazing to think that as early
as 1900, thanks to the pioneering research of Maximov and the innovative
staining method developed by Ehrlich, the differentiation of the blood
cells had, to a large extent, already been discovered. It is a sad fact
that this congress never took place due to personal controversies among
leading hematologists, especially between Pappenheim and the Austrian
hematologist Turk. Fortunately the Wilsede Meetings have never incurred
this type of personal controversies. On the contrary, both matter-of-fact
discussions at a high scientific level and the development of personal
friendships have always characterized their singular atmosphere. The seventh
Wilsede Meeting was also in this tradition, and under the active and sure-handed
guidance of the chairmen an outstanding scientific program was presented,
the participants contributing toward a convivial and friendly atmosphere.
I would like to express my thanks for this and hope that there will be
many future Wilsede's where we will all get together again.
* Wir haben aber deshalb bestimmt, daß alle zur Beratung einberufen werden,
weil der Herr oft einern Jüngeren oenbart, was das Beste ist.
* But we have therefore declared that everyone should be summonded to
the conference, because God often reveals to the young people which way
Scientific and Personal Discussion around "DE Emmenhof"