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More than a hundred years ago, when quacks and irregular practitioners were rampant in New York City, they, in a way, were responsible for the founding of the New York Academy of Medicine. In the prologue to Dr. Van Ingen's book is an interesting account of a dinner attended by about 80 "gentlemen." The dinner and the entertainment "passed off in the greatest harmony," and, after the major part of the celebrants had retired, about 40 remained to prolong the festivities and to organize a meeting to discuss the establishment of a local medical organization having as an objective "the purification of the professional body." Thus was conceived the New York Academy of Medicine. On Jan. 6, 1847, at an organization meeting, 132 of those present signed the constitution. One of those present declined to sign, not approving of the constitution. Today the New York Academy of Medicine has more
The New York Academy of Medicine: Its First Hundred Years. JAMA. 1950;142(5):377. doi:10.1001/jama.1950.02910230079031