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Books, Journals, New Media
October 6, 2004

Medical Society of London

Author Affiliations
 

Books, Journals, New Media Section Editor: Harriet S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA ; David H. Morse, MS, University of Southern California, Norris Medical Library, Journal Review Editor.

JAMA. 2004;292(13):1615-1621. doi:10.1001/jama.292.13.1616-a

It is not often that a book of medical history, published privately by a medical society, is granted a foreword by HRH The Duke of Edinburgh from Buckingham Palace. It is worth quoting, for it summarizes the book’s content succinctly and elegantly:

The 18th Century saw the foundation of many of our best known and most respected Societies. The Quaker physician and philanthropist John Coakley Lettsom’s Medical Society of London, founded in 1773, is one of the most successful. After 230 years it remains the thriving professional body in the heart of London’s medical community. Once described as ‘a conspiracy of humane men’, it became a forum for physicians, surgeons and apothecaries where they could share their knowledge and experience and discuss problem cases, prevailing epidemics and advances in therapy. The context in which it was founded and the remarkable medical characters, who have contributed to its meetings and to its continuing success, are vividly described in this scholarly book by Dr Penelope Hunting–Philip.

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