In one of its earliest meetings, the organization took steps to outlaw professional medical advertising in an effort to protect the gullible from the many charlatans on the frontier. The Society also established scientific programs to help the community’s doctors keep up to date with new medical concepts like bacteriological diagnosis and new procedures for antiseptic surgery introduced by British surgeon Joseph Lister – now called the “Father of Modern Surgery”.
The personal stories of these founding physicians go well beyond their daily medical practice. Some of our founders’ significant contributions included: aiding in the formation of the Washington State Constitution, election and appointment to political offices that shaped the future of Puget Sound and state health policies, foundation of state and regional medical libraries and medical publications, establishment of hospitals and universities, and introduction of the latest medical advances such as the state’s first bacteriology laboratory and regional x-ray machine.
The King County Medical Society’s storied history continues to this day. The Society has always been and always will be a powerful voice and political advocate for physicians and patients at the local, state, and federal levels. The King County Medical Society is a leader in the best medical practices, the betterment of the community, the protection of King County citizens, and promotion of the highest ideals and standards of medical practice.