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History of IFCC Members Societies

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There are many ways in which the history of clinical chemistry has been documented. Some of these are detailed accounts of the 'legendary' accomplishments of notable clinical chemists that provided our profession with the sound scientific basis that allows us to practice, and that enhances our reputation within the entire medical profession.

However, it is just as important to document the significant efforts achieved by groups of like-minded clinical chemists around the world that felt it important to establish a forum in their particular country, region or location that could facilitate the education of clinical chemists, the distribution of information and an improved medium whereby they could communicate with their colleagues around the world.

This web pages provide insight into the creation, role and achievements of 'Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine Societies' from all over the world. It documents how the member societies that constitute IFCC were founded, and how they have grown to maturity. It includes wonderful photographic records of early meetings of those societies and of the individuals that sought to enhance the profession in their own country and in their own unique way.

The 'histories' we include have been provided by enthusiasts from over 50 countries. They are purposely brief as it was felt more important to solicit material and not to deter submissions by requesting comprehensive histories.

My aim was always to gain input from all the societies that form IFCC and it is hoped that this book will encourage the societies that have not joined in this effort to participate in this important project that greatly enhances the IFCC archives. It is for this reason that we have chosen an 'electronic' method of publishing that provides easy opportunity to revise and expand as more information arrives.
I gratefully acknowledge the support and advice of the IFCC Office staff in helping me to collect these histories and to the Communications and Publications Division for help in presenting the records.

Peter Wilding
IFCC Historian
E-mail: pwilding@mail.med.upenn.edu

22 June, 2015

 
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