Written by Chris Dalrymple, DC   
Wednesday, August 12, 2015 11:38 AM

1847:  “Recognizing that the problems in both medical training and the practice of medicine were damaging their professional status, physicians practicing traditional medicine began to seek ways to standardize the practice of medicine and to assure that traditional practitioners met the standards.  In response to the New York State Medical Society’s call for a national meeting of medical societies, the American Medical Association (AMA) emerged in 1847. One of AMAs first actions was to accept a code of ethics that distinguished traditional doctors from ‘new school’ doctors’."

The Board of Medical Censors created in Texas in 1837 was discontinued by legislative act in 1848.  There was no medical regulation in Texas until 1873 – 25 years later.

In Britain, the  Public Health Act establishes Boards of Health across England and Wales giving cities broad authority to build modern sanitary systems.  It is the nation's first public health law.

In Boston, Massachusetts, the first medical school for women, The Boston Female Medical School, opens.

The Mexican–American War formally ends with signing of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, ceding virtually all of what becomes the Southwestern United States to the U.S.

The Independent Republic of Yucatán joins Mexico in exchange for Mexican help in suppressing a revolt by the indigenous Maya population.

The New York Herald breaks the news to the East Coast of the United States that there is a gold rush in California.

Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels publish The Communist Manifesto (Manifest der Kommunistischen Partei) in London.

The Great Famine in Ireland continues (1845–49).

Sources:  http://www.tmb.state.tx.us/page/medical-board-history


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