The first independent International Neurosurgical Congress in 1961 in Washington D.C. The nominating proposed the slate for the next Congress and the coming four years. This slate was accepted unanimously with Paul C. Bucy as president and Bronson Ray as secretary.
The interim meeting was held in Copenhagen. Dr. James White, chairman of the program committee presented the following topics:
1) radioactivity and heavy radiation particles in neurosurgery,
2) re-evaluation of surgery in the treatment of pain,
3) space occupying lesions of the central nervous system,
4) management of hydrocephalus and
5) biology and chemistry of the nervous system.
There was a closed television set with the operating room in the John Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. Via a panel it was possible to discuss with the surgeons in Baltimore during the surgical procedure. On October 15, 1961 the president officially opened the Congress with the words, that this was the first independent Neurosurgical Congress. There was also a warm and wholeheartedly welcome from the President John F. Kennedy.
see 1961 publications.