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A Medical History of Brooklyn
Brooklyn's medical history can be traced as far back as 1638 when Hans Kierstede, a surgeon with the Dutch West India Company, settled in New Amsterdam. In 1646, the Dutch West India Company chartered the Town of 'Breuckelen'. It wasn't until 1816 that the Village of Brooklyn was organized; and 18 years later, in 1834, Brooklyn officially became a city. As Brooklyn grew, governing agencies were established to oversee and regulate health conditions and health care concerns.
Brooklyn's Medical School
The Long Island College Hospital-Collegiate Division, the nation's first college-hospital, commenced instruction on March 29, 1860. Today, SUNY Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn's only academic medical center continues to carry out the mission of the original charter.
Brooklyn's County Medical Society
The Medical Society of the County of Kings has maintained a high standard of professionalism for Brooklyn's physicians and surgeons for over 175 years. Founded February 25, 1822, it can boast of its many accomplishments which have revolutionized medical practice and education.
Brooklyn's Medical Speciality Societies
The increase in medical knowledge and the necessity for specialization led to the formation of local medical specialty organizations; Brooklyn's specialty societies are among the oldest in the nation.
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