The Royal Medico-Chirurgical Society of Glasgow
DescriptionThe Medico-Chirurgical Society of Glasgow was formed in 1866 as a consequence of the amalgamation of the Glasgow Medical Society (founded in 1814) and the Medico-Chirurgical Society of Glasgow (founded in 1866). The aims of the society were to "receive communications on medicine, surgery and collateral sciences, and to promote professional development." The amalgamation had arisen from the fact that, although the two societies were not rivals, some practitioners had membership to both and inevitably there was a duplication of work. It was felt that a united effort would lead to wider interest, greater efficiency in performance and increased attendance. The founding date was changed to 1814, in line with that of the Glasgow Medical Society. Meetings were held at 8 p.m. on the first Friday of the month, from September to May. Dr Thomas Thomson, Regius Professor of Chemistry was elected the first President. He was supported by two Vice-Presidents, two Secretaries, a Treasurer and eight Councillors. Unlike many other societies, attendance and the reading of papers was not compulsory.