How did they do that?

The Seventh International Congress of Medicine was held in London in 1881 and was attended by over 3000 delegates.  The Conference President was Sir James Paget, and speakers included Pasteur, Lister, Virchow, Osler, Charcot, Koch, Huxley and Darwin.


I am fascinated as to how the organisers managed to bring together so many people from all over the world.  How did they manage without the internet, email, photocopiers, phones, next-day delivery postal services?  Where did all the delegates stay and how did they get to London on time?  


I hope to bring you the full story in due course.  In the meantime, if anyone has any ideas I would love to hear from you!

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