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Philadelphia Medical Society abstract of minutes

Identifier: MSS 3/002-02

Scope and Contents

This small collection holds meeting minutes of the Phildelphia Medical Society from December 19, 1818, to November 6, 1824. Topics discussed include committee appointments, papers read, election of chairmen, and financial matters.


  • 1818-1824


Biographical / Historical

The Philadelphia Medical Society was established in 1789 and incorporated in 1792. It suspended regular meetings in 1845, revived in the 1850s, and finally was discontinued in 1868. Many of its activities were assumed by the Philadelphia County Medical Society. The society’s first president was Benjamin Rush.

Membership consisted of junior members (students), senior members (graduates and practicing physicians), and honorary members. The society met in several places; from 1819 to 1839, it met at the Masonic Hall in Philadelphia. The motto of the society was "Ex collisione scintilla".


1 folder

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Philadelphia Medical Society abstract of minutes
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Repository Details

Part of the Historical Medical Library of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia Repository

19 S. 22nd Street
Philadelphia PA 19103 United States