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HMS Newsletter Summer 2022 Edition

A Message from Dr. Bernard Kosto As we emerge from the pandemic bubble into the world of coping with COVID-19 variants we march forward while staying safe, with programming, membership, and…

HMS Donates the Blanchard Book Lab to the Watkinson Library

In May 2015, the HMS Board of Directors voted to create an onsite book repair lab within the HMS Library for the purpose of restoring the Society’s current collections. The…

Hartford Medical Society Hosts Event Addressing Physician Burnout Featuring Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel

SPRINGFIELD, MASS. May 4, 2022— The Hartford Medical Society (HMS) recently hosted a signature event, “Doctors Are Human Too,” at The Bushnell in Hartford, Conn., featuring the renowned physician, Dr. Ezekiel…

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HMS Newsletter Winter 2022 Edition

A Message from Dr. Bernard Kosto Since its founding in 1846, the Hartford Medical Society has managed, through bequests from members and families, to accumulate an impressive number of medical artifacts.…

From the Wellcome Collection

Notes on Pandemics and Vaccination

By Ira Spar, MD The American pandemic of Yellow Fever lasted 250 years, and neither its cause by virus nor transmission by mosquitoes was known. High fevers, severe jaundice, and…


Independent Thinking on Independence Day

The evolution of clinical medicine that was true to empirical observations but was not mere empiricism, and simultaneously scientific, i.e., based on reproducible, objective measurements, both qualitative and quantitative, of…

Dr. Kosto

HMS Newsletter Summer 2021 Edition

A message from the HMS President, Dr. Bernard Kosto. Medicine has a long list of incredible inventions and life-changing discoveries brought about by accident. Serendipity cannot be left out of the mix when it comes to innovation in medicine.


Gaudeamus igitur

It is that time of year again! Students, trainees, fellows – everyone at the end of her educational period of learning – is now preparing to “graduate,” a verb and…


The Doctors Crary, Their Fund, & The Harford Medical Society

By David Crombie, M.D. For the past century, the Hartford Medical Society (HMS) has been one of seven beneficiaries of The Crary Fund, which was created in 1920, a year…


Take a Walk through Hartford with Horace Wells, Founder of Anesthesia

Take a trip to the 19th century with famous Connecticut native and discoverer of anesthesia, Horace Wells, in a self-guided walking tour through Hartford. By visiting various landmarks in the…

Rx: A Botanical Mother’s Day Bouquet

by Richard Ratzan, M.D. Today marks my first blog on the HMS Library site. Like those of Jenny Miglus, Librarian of the HMS library, mine will be based on the…

The Demise of Private Practice (As We Knew It)

  by Al Herzog, MD Joe, a retired professional hockey player in his mid-50s, came to my office with his wife last week for his first appointment. He told a story…

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Supporting the Next Generation: The HMS Scholarship

Ryan Sullivan, from Manchester, Connecticut matriculated in the UConn School of Medicine in August 2019. Ryan earned his bachelor’s degree in Molecular Biology in 2015 from UConn. After graduating, Ryan…

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Mentor Spotlight: James C. Rouman, MD., the Consummate Mentor in Medicine

By Richard Lilly, retired anesthesiologist James C. Rouman, MD, was my mentor from early in my internship at Hartford Hospital and throughout my career at Hartford Hospital and University of…

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Lessons from the Past: Yellow Fever, the Civil War, and COVID-19

The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse are War, Famine, Death, and Pestilence. The last is defined as a contagious and infectious disease, both virulent and devastating: punishment for the wicked and unfaithful.


Introducing the New Hartford Medical Society

We welcome Connecticut’s dynamic medical community to experience the new Hartford Medical Society. Our new logo, brand identity, and website all underscore our commitment to building the future of medicine…

Reflections from Influenza with Coronavirus

Reflections Comparing the Deadly Influenza Pandemic in 1917-1918 with the Coronavirus Pandemic Of 2020 By H. David Crombie, M.D.


New Librarian for the Hartford Medical Society Library

On January 22, 2020, the Hartford Medical Society Library welcomed its newest librarian, Teri Shiel, MLS, MA.


HMS Librarian Featured in History Podcast

HMS Librarian Jennifer Miglus is featured in the podcast, Grating the Nutmeg Episode 58: Keeping It Clean in World War I. In the 1910s, a group of Connecticut reformers formed a…