The records of the Association for forty years are nearly written. At Newport, on the 25th of June next, its Fortieth Annual Meeting will be convened. A few words with reference to its history and purposes will be of interest to those who, during later years, have become members of the Association.
In 1845 the New York State Medical Society, by resolution, " recommended a National Convention of Delegates, from medical societies and colleges in the whole Union, to convene in the City of New York, on the first Tuesday in May, 1846," and in the preamble set forth the objects of the meeting. In answer to that recommendation a National Convention of Delegates from medical societies and colleges assembled in the City of New York, May 5, 1846, and Dr. Jonathan Knight, of New Haven, Conn., was made chairman. Sixteen of the United States were ably represented in this Convention.