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TENNESSEE STATE MEDICAL ASSOCIATION
On May 3, 1830, 47 physicians assembled in Nashville for the purpose of organizing the Medical Society of Tennessee. The population of the state totaled 681,904 persons, of whom 5,566 lived in the largest town, Nashville. The "Act to Incorporate a Medical Society in the State of Tennessee," which had become law on Jan. 9, provided that there should be appointed by resolution of the general assembly "a sufficient number of learned and intelligent practicing physicians" of the state who with their successors should constitute until 1860 "a body politic and corporate" under a name given in one section as the "Medical Society in the State of Tennessee" and in another as the "Medical Society of Tennessee," the name used by the society. The early society was required to elect seven persons from the three major divisions of the state to constitute a board of
ORGANIZATION SECTION. JAMA. 1954;156(15):1407-1409. doi:10.1001/jama.1954.02950150029015