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Delhi, India’s capital, is the third largest city in the world. The city was born out of a complex past that defines the present state of its dynamism, beauty and ethos. Delhi’s heritage, historical significance and rich architecture are the legacy of numerous Empires that have made this part of India their home since the 6th Century BC. It is a major multi-linguistic, multi-cultural, political and commercial hub of India, attracting talent from across the country and the world.



The famous greek philosopher Aristotle said, “A whole is that which has a beginning, middle and end”.

Emergency Medicine is altogether a different kind of a “whole”.

One of the pillars of Emergency Medicine, Peter Rosen in his epic paper, “The Biology of Emergency Medicine”, published in 1979 mentioned, “...but even should unforeseen technologies, sociologies, or economics produce an end to our specialty, we shall have had an unparalleled opportunity for intellectual and emotional career growth and development”.

37 years & counting, Emergency Medicine has only grown and has probably come a full circle. It does not and will not have an end; yet still be a whole.

The concept of Emergency Medicine being a 'Whole' resonates with us in the ‘Mandala’a Sanskrit word, which is a spiritual and ritual symbol in Hinduism and Buddhism, representing the Universe. In relation to his ‘Ventruvius Man’, Leonardo da Vinci also believed the workings of the human body is an analogy for the workings of the Universe. There is a certain balance and symmetry in the Human Anatomy, and as emergency physicians we deal with human bodies, probably more than any other speciality.

The Mandala, similar to Emergency Medicine, has multiple layers and numerous levels, which are interlinked and interwined, and yet possesses balance. We have incorporated the harmony and symmetry of the lotus flower (India’s National flower) into our ACEM 2019 logo. The lotus, which grows in lakes, is itself a Mandala, which according to Indian and Buddhist thoughts is always pure and unsullied no matter how impure the water of the lake-this, to us resembles the ethicality of out speciality-Emergency Medicine. The Mandala in our logo is inspired from the structure of the Baha'i temple that is open to people of all religions and communities, hence treating everyone equally, much like Emergency Medicine.

- Dr. Ankur Verma, (Organising Secretary - ACEM 2019)

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