The Digest of Actions The Digests of Official Actions are subject-based guides to historical
AMA policies and actions.
within topic, the Digests reveal the
development of AMA opinion on a wide variety of subjects, from its own internal
organization to professional and public health issues.
Entries in the Digests are followed by citations which refer to the Transactions
the American Medical Association,
of the House of Delegates which record the policy resolution or activity in question.
Opinions in the Digests may not reflect current AMA policy.
Historical Monographs The monograph collection
includes works authored by AMA founder Dr. Nathan Smith Davis, as well as several
historical and reference works.
History of the AMA, 1847-1947 and The AMA and US Health Policy Since 1940
offer comprehensive overviews of the Association's history and activities.
to the Historical Health Fraud and Alternative Medicine Collection highlights
the contents of the AMA's largest archival collection, containing nearly 1,000
boxes of advertising pamphlets, letters, product containers and equipment
relating to more than 3,500 practitioners, products and businesses that the
AMA investigated between 1906 and 1975.
Transactions The Transactions of the American Medical Association offer a
comprehensive account of the activities of the Association in its early,
formative years, as well as an understanding of the larger themes confronting
the medical profession.
From 1848 to
1882, the Transactions detail the day
to day activities of the Association's annual meetings, including resolutions
which were passed into AMA policy (not necessarily reflecting AMA's current
policy) and many speeches of various AMA presidents.
In addition, the yearly Transactions
contain scientific and medical essays, offering a view into the scientific
world of past medical professionals.
This collection also includes
the Proceedings of the National Medical
Conventions, Held in New York, May 1846, and in Philadelphia, May 1847,
which first called together representatives of medical societies from across
the United States. ( The name American Medical Association was decided upon at
the 1847 convention.)
House of Delegates Proceedings From 1883 to 1903 and in 1905,
1908 and 1909 the transactions of the AMA yearly meetings were published in the
Journal of the American Medical
These meeting records
are included here with the House of Delegates Proceedings.
Themes within these transactions continue to
mirror concerns of the large medical profession, including the importance of
public health initiatives, scientific advancements and the need for
improvements in medical education.
By 1901, the AMA underwent a
great change, forming its policy making body the House of Delegates.
Published accounts of the annual meetings of
the AMA from this point forward were now referred to as Proceedings of the
House of Delegates.
The content matter
of these accounts changed as well, with more emphasis placed on reports of committees
and policy making resolutions, and less on scientific findings and
This trend had continued to
the present day, offering a comprehensive look at the policy-making process of
the AMA and the issues it confronts in American medicine.
As with the Transactions,
the records in this collection represent historical AMA positions, and may not
reflect current policy.