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The Wisconsin Medical Society carries with it a rich history, and throughout 2016—our 175th anniversary—we’re exploring the past as we look to the future. Each week, Society Snapshot will highlight the physicians and events that shaped the history of both the organization and the profession of medicine in Wisconsin over the past 175 years.



Past Society president also served as first dean of merged Milwaukee medical school

Like his counterpart Charles Bardeen, MD, in Madison, Wisconsin Medical Society past president Louis F. Jermain, MD, helped to advance … Read More


UW medical school’s first dean left a lasting legacy

Two past Wisconsin Medical Society presidents, Charles R. Bardeen, MD, and Louis F. Jermain, MD, were more than just proponents … Read More


From 1934: Physician’s historical research reveals existence of a La Crosse medical school

The Wisconsin Medical Society’s strong history with the Medical College of Wisconsin and the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine … Read More


From 1926: Society initiates long-running weekly news service

Although the Wisconsin Medical Society moved away from publishing a special “lay issue” of WMJ after 1926, the Society continued … Read More


Wisconsin pioneered legislation of basic science standards

The Basic Science Law of 1925 was a major piece of public health legislation, establishing an educational standard for practitioners … Read More


Post WWI Society publishes special ‘lay issues’ of WMJ

The 1920s was a period of much growth for the Wisconsin Medical Society. With almost 2,000 members in 1924, membership … Read More


From 1925: Society member reflects on 60 years of medical progress

Sitting down with lawyer and historian Fred L. Holmes in 1925, Charles S. Sheldon, MD, of Madison, who was then … Read More


Society hires George Crownhart as its first CEO

For more than 75 years, the day-to-day operations of the Wisconsin Medical Society were handled by members of the Society … Read More


From 1917: Wisconsin military surgeon offers personal hygiene tips for World War I soldiers

When the United States entered World War I in April 1917, Wisconsin physicians answered the call to duty.

A month … Read More


Society physician led the charge against TB; anti-tuberculosis association formed

One of the greatest public health threats in the early 1900s was tuberculosis (TB). In fact, according to an article … Read More