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Founded in 1980

he first state-level medical history society to have a website.  Our goal is to promote interest, research, and writing in medical history, and we are dedicated to the discussion and enjoyment of the history of medicine and allied fields.


Are you interested in the history of medicine? Do you want to get together with an enjoyable group of like-minded individuals who are interested in furthering the study of the history of medicine? You've come to the right place, and we're happy to have you!

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The Medical History Society of New Jersey (MHSNJ) was founded on May 7, 1980. Traditionally, dinner meetings have been held twice a year at the Nassau Club in Princeton, NJ. ( Covid-19 interrupted this format, which is about to resume as a hybrid with Zoom meetings throughout the year). These programs have consisted of a short business meeting followed by several medical history talks by MHSNJ members or guests. After a fine dinner, one of two named lectures is delivered by a prominent medical historian. The Saffron Lecture series, named after Morris H. Saffron, M.D., PhD, dermatologist and medical historian, was established in 1980. The Kent Memorial Lecture series, named after physician, teacher and humanist Donald F. Kent, M.D., PhD, was started in 2013. A typical Zoom meeting consists of a medical history presentation by a MHSNJ member. In addition, the Society publishes a regular, weekly email Newsletter and also publishes members’ book reviews and original articles on its website.

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NEW BOOK REVIEW (6/28/2024):"The Deadly Rise of Anti-Science: A Scientist’s Warning", by Peter J. Hotez. Reviewed by Alan J. Lippman, M.D. Click on "Publications" and then "Book Reviews"

NEW BOOK REVIEW (6/24/2024): "The Black Angels - The Untold Story of the Nurses Who Helped Cure Tuberculosis", by Maria Smilios. Reviewed by Richard Marfuggi, M.D., DMH. Click on "Publications" and then "Book Reviews"

NEW ORIGINAL ARTICLE (5/7/2024): "The Father of American Surgery: Philip Syng Physickwritten by John Zen Jackson, JD. Click on "Publications" and then "Original Articles". 

NEW BOOK REVIEW (3/28/2024): "Tell Me When It’s Over: An Insider’s Guide to Deciphering Covid Myths and Navigating Our Post-Pandemic World", by Paul A. Offit, MD. Reviewed by Sandra Moss, MD. Click on "Publications" and then "Book Reviews"





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