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The Medical Society of London 1773-2003

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.329.7461.355 (Published 05 August 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:355
  1. M D O'Brien ([email protected]), emeritus consultant neurologist
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    The Medical Society of London is the oldest extant medical society in England and possibly in the world, the only one of numerous medical societies formed in the 18th century to survive. It was founded in 1773 by John Coakley Lettsom, a Quaker born on Tortola in the British Virgin Islands, who came to England at the age of 6 for a Quaker education in Lancashire, where the preacher Samuel Fothergill became his guardian.


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