HMS News | February 2022
A message from HMS President
Since its founding in 1846, the Hartford Medical Society has managed, through bequests from members and families, to accumulate an impressive number of medical artifacts. These numerous items, however, have never been cataloged.

With the advent of the internet, our treasures can now be made available to all. Having cataloged and photographed over 1,500 artifacts for the Cushing/Whitney Medical History Library at Yale, I volunteered to do the same for the Hartford Medical Society Collection. In our present location at the Maynard Stowe Library at UCONN in Farmington, I have gone through, examined, and cataloged over 500 artifacts.

With the help of psychiatrist James Brodey, we have photographed each of them. With the help of Hall High School senior Nora Holmes, we are uploading the descriptions and photographs to an online catalog interested parties can view on our current website. Many of the descriptions will need annotation and correction because this retired urologic surgeon is not familiar with, say, early ophthalmology items!

After having watched Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel on cable news discussing COVID-19, the Hartford Medical Society is excited to welcome him for a major in-person community event at the Belding Theatre at the Bushnell in April 2022. He will focus on what is happening to today’s physicians, especially since their inundation by the current epidemic. Dr. Emanuel is an engaging and entertaining speaker who will leave time for audience questions.

Stay tuned for a number of speakers at our popular Zoom lunch webinars. And remember to join or renew your memberships.

The Hartford Medical Society wishes everyone a joyous and healthy new year—and remember to get a booster shot and follow CDC guidelines.

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HMS Insights
Brass Scarifier
Is your blood making you sick? That’s what some doctors believed as far back as ancient Egypt! In medieval Europe, bloodletting was used to treat everything from headaches to plague. This brass scarifier from our historic collection was just one tool used in this barbaric yet prevalent practice.
The Polio Pandemic Through The Eyes of a Child
A viral disease that struck both fear and despair in this lifetime was polio. Polio afflicted whole communities rather than just individuals. In the summer months, children and adults who caught it became crippled for life. Treatment was supportive with physical therapy and bulky braces made of leather and iron. For years nationwide drives by the March of Dimes aimed to fund research against this dreaded disease.

We’d like to congratulate Dr. Jacqueline M. Lyon on her well-deserved retirement from her esteemed position as the Hartford Medical Society Treasurer. Our board appreciates her long-term dedication to her role as well as our Society as a whole. Among her many skills, she displayed a brilliant ability to grow the Society’s savings. With her leadership, she led the board of directors to research and hire a West Hartford firm, YHB Investment Advisors, Inc., to oversee the day-to-day management of the Hartford Medical Society's investments. This will make the transition and future workload of incumbent Treasurer, Dr. Thomas Banever, smoother, as he fully steps into the role.
You and the New HMS
A Hartford Medical Society Membership is your best connection to the community of healthcare professionals here in Connecticut.

Ensure you remain part of our vibrant, enriching community and send in your dues. By taking time today, you can avoid the invoicing rush and provide HMS with the resources to showcase the past and shape the future of medicine!
In Memoriam
Philip Trowbridge, MD 
President of HMS, 1988 Private practice at Hartford Hospital until retirement in 1997.
Robert Lyons, MD 
Chief of Infectious Disease at St. Francis Hospital for 42 years.
Charles Leach, MD
Director of Cardiology at New Britain General Hospital.