Written by Chris Dalrymple, DC   
Wednesday, August 12, 2015 12:08 PM

Thirty-five medical physicians from eighteen counties assembled in Austin on January 17, 1853 to organize the Texas Medical Association, which they charted with the state as The Medical Association of Texas.  It was inactive for the next sixteen years.

The 35 doctors gathered at the Methodist Episcopal Church South to establish the Texas State Medical Society.

Their constitution of 1853 allowed "every gentleman of the Medical Profession" to become a member, but irregularly trained doctors were specifically excluded.  Without sarcasm or undue editorializing it can be said that the medical profession allowed no competition, and tolerated no new ideas not conforming to orthodox medical thinking, in which phrase itself exists a contradiction in terms.  New things could be, and usually were, condemned as quackery. 

A practical hypodermic syringe is invented.

The clothing company Levi Strauss & Co. is founded in the United States.

Gadsden Purchase: The United States buys land from Mexico to facilitate railroad building in the Southwest.

Source:  https://tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/sat05  

For convenience this organization under its various names will be generally referenced as the TMA.



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