Medical Society of London

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The inaugural meeting of the Medical Society of London
By: N. Branwhite
After: S. Medley
Style: Stipple engraving
Date: 1801
Dimensions: 60 x 42. 3 cm

Throughout the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries numerous medical societiesand institutions were founded around Europe with the aim to bring leading medical practitioners together. The initiative was based on the premise that collaboration and debate would aid scientific and medical advancement. The Medical Society of London was founded in 1773 and it was one of thefirst significant societies of its kind to be set up in England.

This is an unusual print in relation to its content, which depicts someof the earliest and most important members of the society conducting theinaugural meeting. The majority of medical portraits from this period focuson single subjects.

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