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HISTORICAL ADDRESS.Read before the Lancaster City and County Medical Society, on the occasion of the celebration of its semi-centennial, Feb. 14, 1894.

JAMA. 1894;XXII(9):285-288. doi:10.1001/jama.1894.02420880001001.
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Time—noiseless, ceaseless, swift-winged time, has brought us to the fiftieth anniversary of our existence as a Society. It seems but yesterday that the venerable Dr. Samuel Humes first occupied the honorable position of President of the Lancaster City and County Medical Society.

On Feb. 14, 1844, the Society was organized by the adoption of a constitution and by-laws and the election of officers. There had been several preliminary meetings of the city physicians held at the house of Dr. Eli Parry, the first of which was held Jan. 18, 1844, at which meeting a sketch of a constitution and by-laws was submitted and a call issued to the physicians of the county to assemble on Feb. 14, 1844. This, the first meeting, will be best understood by reading the minutes:

"At a meeting of the medical gentlemen of the city and county of Lancaster, held this day pursuant to notice


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