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January 28, 1950

Celebration of the Sesquicentennial of the Medical and Chirurgical Faculty of the State of Maryland 1799-1949

JAMA. 1950;142(4):293. doi:10.1001/jama.1950.02910220073032

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Abstract

This is a brief history of the first 200 years of the Maryland state medical society. Its "quaint, old-timey name," the only one of its kind among the state medical societies, and its pride originated in the medieval University of Paris, where medical graduates became the distinctive faculty. One hundred and two years after the Medical and Chirurgical Faculty of the State of Maryland was founded, a proposal to change the historic name to that of the Maryland State Medical Society was voted down. As with many other medical societies, the stimulant that led to the formation of the Maryland society was the desire of the better educated physicians to promote and disseminate medical knowledge and prevent the citizens of Maryland "from risking their lives in the hands of ignorant practitioners or pretenders to the healing art." When the founders group obtained a charter in 1799, the opposition to this

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