An excerpt from Dr. Travis Harker’s speech:
“In 1791, Josiah Bartlett and 23 other doctors came together to enjoy each other’s company and to be the vanguard for our sacred profession. They spent much of the first century of our existence setting standards for professional conduct, scientific rigor and building membership.
Perhaps most important to them was fellowship with other doctors, as evidenced by always meeting in taverns. Seriously though, they were men of science and heavily invested in their library because as you might imagine, information was not so readily at their fingertips as it is for us today.
They valued public health, as demonstrated by their work for clean water, disease and treatment registries.
They believed in public advocacy and created the first legislative committee in the early 1800s.
They believed in putting patients first, as shown in our seal depicting the Temple of Faith, Hope and Charity from which continuously flow comfort and compassion to all who seek the aid of the true physician.
These values were reaffirmed again and again over the past two centuries, as when in 1910 NHMS President Granville Conn stated in his presidential address, “The old-school doctor has gone because the conditions that have made him possible are gone as well. But their record of unselfish devotion, self-denying work and purity of life will never be effaced and will stimulate us all for years to come.”
And when earlier this year our president, Cindy Cooper, wrote in the Concord Monitor, “Expanding Medicaid to more low-income adults in New Hampshire is the proper and moral thing to do. Our health is our most important personal asset. I feel it is more important than the condition of the roads or even education … that “the poorest man would not part with health for money, but the richest would gladly part with all their money for health.”