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March 14, 1896


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JAMA. 1896;XXVI(11):499-500. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02430630001001

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Ladies and Gentlemen:  —As president, it becomes my privilege and pleasure to welcome the members of the Gynecological Society of Boston, and the assembled guests, to the celebration of the twenty-seventh anniversary of its foundation. Most heartily do I congratulate the members of the society on this auspicious occasion, and in their name do I give glad welcome to our guests.On the evening of Jan. 22, 1869, eight medical gentlemen met at Hotel Pelham, in this city, and organized the first distinctive society for the scientific study and investigation of the diseases peculiar to females, and christened it the Gynecological Society of Boston. I say the first society of its kind for, as far as I know, it was the first gynecologic society formed in this country or Europe. At the time it was organized there was not in the medical schools a recognized department of gynecology. Whatever work

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