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April 3, 1954


JAMA. 1954;154(14):1183-1186. doi:10.1001/jama.1954.02940480035014

MEDICAL SOCIETY OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK  The first medical society in the state, a "Weekly Society of Gentlemen in New York," and, according to Dr. Walter Burrage, the second in the colonies, was founded about 1749. That the group was active is attested by Dr. Peter Middleton, who, in November, 1769, at the opening of the medical school in Kings' College, referred to a medical society "now subsisting in this place,"and said, "may it long subsist." Dr. John B. Beck also testifies to the importance of this early medical group in an address before the Medical Society of the State of New York, Feb. 1, 1842. While he pointed out that New York was not the first to attempt legal regulation of medical practice, he said: "The State of New York, I believe, is entitled to the honor of adopting the first effectual measures for regulating the practice

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