Doctors perform surgery on a young patient using sterile tools and tested procedures. The American Medical Association (AMA) was established to help guide doctors and other health-care providers on the best and safest medical practices.

Photograph by Dick Durrance II, National Geographic

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  • On May 7, 1847, the American Medical Association (AMA) was established in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Traveling from 28 states, 250 delegates set the goals and standards of the association, as well as to elect its first president (Dr. Nathaniel Chapman). The goals of the association included scientific advancement, the establishment of medical ethics, standards for medical education, and the improvement of public health.
    The American Medical Association is still the leading medical organization in the U.S. The AMA continues to promote science, medicine, and the betterment of public health. Some of the ways the AMA has improved public health are its promotion of vaccinations, its study of the dispersal of diseases, and grants given for research.
  • Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry
    ethics Plural Noun

    beliefs about what is right and wrong.

    public health Noun

    services that protect the health of an area, particularly sanitation, immunization, and environmental safety.

    research Noun

    scientific observations and investigation into a subject, usually following the scientific method: observation, hypothesis, prediction, experimentation, analysis, and conclusion.