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Yesterday’s Lessons

Today's Medicine

Hartford Medical Society

The vital connection
between the past, present, and future of medicine in Connecticut

The medical community in Connecticut is diverse, dynamic, unique.

At HMS, we welcome all—from students to practicing physicians, retired or semi-retired doctors to administrators and healthcare providers.

Together we celebrate the unique history of medicine in our state while promoting the latest tools and techniques leading the way into the future of health and healthcare.

Founded in 1846, the Hartford Medical Society has connected the past, present, and future of medicine in Connecticut for more than 170 years. Throughout our existence, physicians of all kinds have benefited from the knowledge, camaraderie, and service opportunities HMS offers.

Yesterday’s Medicine

Explore the
HMS Collection

The history of medicine is alive in Connecticut, and the Hartford Medical Society Library offers a unique and inspiring look at where we’ve been. Housed at the Watkinson Library at Trinity College, our collection has volumes and artifacts dating back to the 1500s.

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‘Cleaning Up’ in the Early 20th Century

Take a look into the record of The Connecticut Society of Social Hygiene, a group formed in 1910 with the intent to combat venereal disease and promote healthy living through education. The group was active through the middle of 1917 when the United States entered World War I.

You're Invited

Upcoming
Events

Three Connecticut Physicians: A Window to Civil War Medicine

Thursday, December 8, 2022
12:00 – 1:00pm 

During the Civil War, over 110 Connecticut doctors served as recruit examiners, regimental and naval surgeons, contract physicians in Army hospitals, and as citizen volunteers caring for the sick and wounded to support the Union.

Through a mix of ingenuity, skill, and humanity, these doctors excelled under extraordinary, harrowing circumstances. Join HMS Member, Dr. R. M. Bedard, as he discusses the service of three such heroes and how their examples highlight critical lessons from Civil War Medicine.

Civil War Naval Medicine through the Art of Dr. Charles E. Stedman

Thursday, December 15, 2022
12:00 – 1:00pm 

Over 110 Connecticut doctors supported the Union during the Civil War by serving as recruit examiners, regimental and naval surgeons, contract physicians, and citizen volunteers. Through a mix of ingenuity, skill, and humanity, these doctors excelled under extraordinary, harrowing circumstances.

Our Mission

Connecting Our
Community

Hartford Medical Society has been connecting the medical community for more than 170 years. Ready to become a part of our history and help to shape the future of medicine in our state? Learn about the benefits and join HMS today!

Retired & Semi-Retired Physicians

Join in the comradery, keep on learning, and celebrate our shared history.

Practicing Physicians

Learn and grow alongside other physicians. Increase wellness and curb burnout by connecting with likeminded individuals.

Healthcare Providers

Promote wellness within your organization: partner with HMS to engage your medical professionals.