Colorado's Healthcare Heritage

A Chronology of the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries

Colorado Medical Societies — 1860-1899

  • 1860 — The Jefferson Medical Society was established by a group of Colorado physicians, but it only lasted until the Civil War began in 1861.
  • 1864 — The Denver City Medical Association was founded, but it didn't last, and no records survive.
  • 1868 — The Colorado Territorial Medical Society was established, but it didn't last.
  • 1871 — The Denver Medical Association was established in April, 1871. The name evolved:
    • 1871 — Denver Medical Association
    • 1889 — Denver Medical Association and Arapahoe County Medical Society
    • 1892 — Denver and Arapahoe Medical Society
    • 1902 — Medical Society of the City and County of Denver, following Denver's separation from Arapahoe County in November 1902
    • 1955 — Denver Medical Society
  • 1871 — The Colorado Territorial Medical Society was re-established in September.
    • 1871 — Colorado Territorial Medical Society
    • 1876 — Colorado State Medical Society Colorado Medical Society
  • 1871 — The Rocky Mountain Medical Association was established by physicians practicing in southern Colorado and northern New Mexico, and meetings were held in Trinidad. Its 29 members joined the Colorado State Medical Society in 1878, and the Rocky Mountain Medical Association was dissolved. Some sources say that it was founded in 1874.
  • 1874 — The Boulder County Medical Society
  • 1875 — The Clear Creek Medical Society
  • 1878 — The Lake County Medical Society
  • 1879 — The El Paso County Medical Society
  • 1880 — The Fremont County Medical Society
  • 1881 — The Pueblo County Medical Society
  • 1881 — The Las Animas County Medical Society
  • 1881 — The Colorado State Homeopathic Medical Society, originally organized in 1881, was reorganized in 1891.
  • 1883 — The Arapahoe County Medical Society — merged with the Denver Medical Association in 1889, then became independent again following Denver's separation from Arapahoe County in November 1902
  • 1891 — The Eclectic Medical Association of Colorado
  • 1892 — The Denver Clinical and Pathological Society
  • 1893 — The Colorado Medical Library Association (1893-1907)
  • 1893 — The Denver Dental Society and The Denver Dental Club — merged in September 1897 to become The Denver Dental Association
  • 1895 — The Practitioners' Club of Denver
  • 1896 — The Denver Clinical Society — the nation's sixth women's medical society
  • 1896 — The Weld County Medical Society
  • 1897 — The Larimer County Medical Society
  • 1897 — The Cripple Creek District Medical Society



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