ASLME Celebrates TWO Milestones
Over the next 18 months, we will be wishing ASLME not one,
but two very happy birthdays. Believe it or not, ASLME is celebrating its
centenary year in 2011, as it was founded in 1911 as the Massachusetts Society
of Examining Physicians. This makes ASLME one of the oldest medical societies
in the United States.
For nearly 70 years following its founding, the Massachusetts Society of
Examining Physicians was the only statewide professional organization providing
ongoing programs in areas where law and medicine overlapped. In 1968, the
Society solidified this practice by admitting attorneys as non-voting
In 2012, we will also be celebrating the 40th
anniversary of ASLME as an incorporated society dedicated to law, medicine, and
bioethics. ASLME began in its modern form when The MSEP was dramatically
re-imagined and incorporated in 1972 as the American Society of Law &
Medicine. ASLME’s first president was Elliot L. Sagall, and Professor George
Annas of Boston University became the first editor of
what would eventually become The Journal
of Law, Medicine & Ethics. In 1975 the society began publishing JLME’s sister periodical, The American Journal of Law & Medicine.
In 1993, the society changed its name one final time, to the present-day
American Society of Law, Medicine & Ethics. ASLME, with a few minor
changes, has been going strong ever since.
Look to this space for more news about these important
milestones and any surprise celebrations we might be planning.