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Legislative Priorities for 2016
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November Progress Notes
Happy Birthday MSMA!
One hundred and sixty-five years ago on November 4, a large delegation of physicians met at 12:00 o’clock noon in the First Presbyterian Church in St. Louis to “devise a plan by which the entire medical profession of the State can be brought together.”
The year was 1850, and the inhabitants of Missouri were fighting scourges of typhoid, malaria, smallpox, and diphtheria. Physicians composed what was entitled MSMA Resolution #1:
WHEREAS, In the opinion of the society, the time has arrived when it is both expedient and desirable to unite the medical profession of the State of Missouri for the purpose of mutual improvement and protection; be it therefore,
RESOLVED, That a committee be appointed to address the regular members of the medical profession for the purpose of forming a State Medical Association with auxiliary societies in each town or county in the State.
The Missouri State Medical Association then elected its first president, Dr. F. W. G. Thomas of Boonville. Matters of importance were the passage of a good medical practice act; the establishment of a uniform system of registering births, marriages, and deaths; the control of dispensing impure drugs, and competent inspections of medicines; and a liberal preliminary education for those entering the study of medicine. Annual dues were fixed at $2.00, and a Constitution and Bylaws were adopted.
One hundred and sixty-five years later, MSMA represents more than 90 medical specialties and is the voice of Medicine in Missouri. Happy Birthday MSMA!
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