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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 UConn Health, our collection has volumes and artifacts dating back to the 1500s.


Discovering Anesthesia

Can you imagine an operating room without anesthesia? Dive back into the middle of the 19th century when the field of anesthesia was just in its infancy. The HMS library documents this unique time of experimentation—including the contribution of Horace Wells, the Hartford dentist who pioneered the use of nitrous oxide in dentistry.

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Our Mission

Connecting Our

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.