The society was founded in 1821. The first president was Dr Andrew Duncan.
It was based on the successful Medico-Chirurgical Society of London.
In the beginning, the main object of the Society was “communication of facts and
the interchange of opinions on medical subjects and the collection and preservation
of important practical observations so frequently made by gentleman whose avocations
do not permit them to undertake separate publications”.
Today the society has an important social function for hospital doctors, general
practitioners and their partners. All consultants and general practitioners are encouraged