Delivered before the Kentucky State Medical Society at its Thirty-Fourth Annual Session, held in Richmond, May 8, 9, and 10, 1889.BY L. S. McMURTRY, A.M., M.D.
Fellow-Members of the Kentucky State Medical Society.
—Thirty-eight years have elapsed since a convention of Physicians of Kentucky was held in the Senate-Chamber at Frankfort, to consider the necessity of organizing a State Medical Society. In effecting permanent organization, the constitution, which was a model of simplicity and conciseness, declared the purposes of the organization in this language:"First. The cultivation and advancement of medical science and literature by the collection, diffusion, interchange, presentation, and general circulation of medical knowledge throughout the State."Second. The establishment and maintenance of union, harmony, and good government among its members, thereby promoting the character and usefulness of the profession."In October, 1852, the second annual meeting of the society was held in the circuit