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July 15, 1961

Origins of the First National Medical Convention 1826-1846

JAMA. 1961;177(2):133-140. doi:10.1001/jama.1961.73040280004010
Abstract

DURING THE TWO DECADES preceding the first National Medical Convention, held in New York in 1846, numerous attempts were made to bring together delegates from the state medical societies and medical institutions in an effort to improve medical education. While these early meetings were unsuccessful in assembling delegates on a national scale, circulars containing copies of the resolutions adopted, urging higher standards of professional training and pleading for a national reform, were sent from time to time to the medical societies and institutions, thus awakening a national interest which contributed eventually to the success of the first national medical convention.

The Medical Society of the State of Vermont sent a circular in December, 1825, and June, 1826, to the medical societies and the medical institutions of New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, and New York, proposing an increase in the requirements for all candidates for medical licenses and

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