Surprisingly, our Society could have been born even before 1822. When the New York State Legislature became alarmed by the increasing number of medical quacks and charlatans, it passed an "Act to Incorporate Medical Societies for the Purpose of Regulating Physic and Surgery" within the State. The stature specifically required that all practicing physicians be members of a medical society in the county wherein they resided, and it empowered Boards of Censors in such societies to examine and license practitioners of the healing arts. Very quickly after passage of the act, the Medical Society of the State of New York was established as were twenty-one other county societies. But the more conservative Dutch physicians of Brooklyn did not organize until sixteen years later.

A twenty-six year old physician, Dr. Adrian Vanderveer, a graduate of Columbia Physicians and Surgeons and a native of Flatbush, was the moving spirit. On February 25, 1822, he invited six physicians to his home to discuss the propriety of forming a county medical society. A committee was appointed to draft bylaws, and with commendable dispatch, the founding meeting took place at the Auld Lang Syne Tavern on Fulton Street near the present Pineapple Street. The tavern was a favorite of doctors for its turtle soupe and other liquid refreshments. Bylaws were adopted and Dr. Cornelius Low was elected the first President, serving three terms.

Dr. Vanderveer was chosen first Secretary and later was the seventh President of the Society. He was a pioneer in another sense as the first physician in Brooklyn to leave general practice to specialize, a move that earned him much criticism from his colleagues. Needless to say, he persevered and had good accomplishment. The first physician licensed by the Kings County Medical Society was Dr. John Carpenter who later founded the first Sunday School in Fort Hamilton and was regarded as "the father of the Brooklyn Sunday School System".

The Medical Society of the County of Kings continues its original mandate; this is to examine the credentials and license of its members. And, to encourage physicians to belong to an organization that advocates for access to the highest standards of health care, while continuing to plead for its member physicians. (Excerpted from The Medical Society of the County of Kings at 175 Years, Anniversary Journal, Duncan W. Clark, M.D., Past President)

 

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01. Cornelius Low
02. Joseph G. T. Hunt
03. Thomas W. Henry
04. Charles Ball
05. Isaac J. Rapelye
06. Matthew Wendell
07. Adrian Vanderver
08. John B. Zabriskie
09. Purcell Cooke
10. Theodore L. Mason
11. Bradley Parker
12. Purcell Cooke
13. John S. Thorne
14. Lucius Hyde
15. Chauncey L. Mitchell
16. Henry J. Cullen
17. James H. Henry
18. Samuel J. Osborn
19. George Marvin
20. Andrew Otterson
21. George I. Bennett
22. Timothy A. Wade
23. Samuel Boyd, Jr.
24. Chauncey L. Mitchell
25. Daniel Brooks
26. Christopher R. McClellan
27. Samuel Hart
28. DeWitt C. Enos
29. Joseph C. Hutchinson
30. John T. Conkling
31. Andrew Otterson
32. William W. Reese
33. Richard C. Stiles
34. John H. H. Burge
35. William H. Thayer
36. Alexander J. C. Skene
37. Alexander Hutchins
38. Jonathan S. Prout
39. Charles Jewett
40. George G. Hopkins
41. John A. McCorkle
42. George R. Fowler
43. William Wallace
44. Alexander R. Matheson
45. Walter B. Chase
46. Frank E. West
47. Zachary T. Emery
48. John C. Shaw
49. George McNaughton
50. Joseph H. Hunt
51. Lewis S. W. Pilcher
52. William Browning
53. Henry A. Fairbairn
54. Charles M. Cox
55. John E. Sheppard
56. James W. Fleming
57. William F. Campbell
58. Glenworth R. Butler
59. Onslow A. Gordon
60. Joshua M. Vancott
61. John C. MacEvitt
62. John O. Polak
63. Elias H. Bartley
64. James M. Winfield
65. John R. Kevin
66. Russell S. Fowler
67. Ralph H. Pomeroy
68. Albert M. Judd
69. Frederick C. Holden
70. Stephen H. Lutz
71. John A. L. Bell
72. Arthur H. Bogart
73. Frank D. Jennings
74. Charles E. Scofield
75. Charles A. Gordon
76. John E. Jennings
77. Oliver P. Humpstone
78. Thurston S. Welton
79. Charles H. Goodrich
80. Thomas M. Brennan
81. Luther F. Warren
82. Walter D. Ludlum
83. William Linder
84. John J. Masterson
85. John L. Bauer
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087. Henry Joachim
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089. John B. D’Albora
090. Philip I. Nash
091. Daniel A. McAteer
092. Maurice J. Dattlebaum
093. William C. Meagher
094. John J. Gainey
095. Leo J. Schwartz
096. Joseph Tenopyr
097. Thurman B. Givan
098. Abraham Koplowitz
099. A. W. Martin Marino, Sr.
100. Irwin E. Siris
101. Charles W. Mueller
102. Samuel Lubin (6 months)
103. Charles H. Loughran
104. Louis Berger
105. Alfred P. Ingegno
106. Solomon Schussheim
107. Robert F. Warren
108. Aaron Kottler
109. John J. Flynn
110. David Kershner
111. Warren A. Lapp
112. Irving M. Pallin
113. Leslie H. Tisdall
114. Leo S. Drexler
115. Julius E. Stolfi
116. Harry S. Lichtman
117. Vincent J. Tesoriero
118. Lawrence Ames
119. Robert A. Moore
120. Matthew Brody
121. A. W. Martin Marino, Jr.
122. Stanley Stark
123. Ralph Schwartz
124. George Liberman
125. Joseph R. Fontanetta
126. Norman S. Blackman
127. Martin Markowitz
128. M. Theodore Tanenhaus
129. Bernard Post
130. Leo J. Swirsky
131. Robert E. Gordon
132. Vernal G. Cave
133. Bentley D. Merrim
134. Joseph R. Brennan
135. Duncan W. Clark
136. Stanley I. Fishman
137. Paul Finkelstein
138. Hubert S. Pearlman
139. Randall D. Bloomfield
140. Iraj Iraj
141. George W. Calvosa
142. Veronica C. Santilli
143. Abdul Rehman
144. Julius Holtzman
145. L. P. Hinterbuchner
146. Harold L. Eichler
147. Calvin J. Simons
148. Joseph C. Amico
149. Rubin Berlinerblau
150. M. Monica Sweeney
151. Sam L. Unterricht
152. Martin Lee
153. Steven M. Kaner
154. Sanjay K. Jain
155. Leone L. Waltrous
156. Steven I. Sherman
157. Robert A. Frankel
158. Donald E. Moore
159. Evelyn P. Dooley-Seidman
160. Steven A. Farber
161. Parag H. Mehta
162. Harold Parnes
163. Niraj N. Acharya
164. Lisa Eng
165. Adolph B. Meyer  

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