State medical society wants your stories of the COVID-19 pandemic

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MedChi, The Maryland State Medical Society, was founded in 1799. As you might imagine, the organization has seen medicine change from quackery and pretenders to the medical arts, to editing strands of DNA with CRISPR. Through all of it, the backbone has been the physicians who care for the citizens of Maryland in good times and bad.

We want your stories. As a repository of the History of Medicine in Maryland, we would like to archive as many stories of the COVID-19 pandemic as possible. In our medical journals from the 1918-1919 Spanish Flu, we have details of what our physicians and fellow Marylanders were doing, how our hospitals coped, and what life was like in the state.

Thinking ahead to those who will study to this time, MedChi would like to collect and archive stories of what your life was like during this pandemic. Are you on the front lines, caring for patients? Has your office closed to all but emergencies? Are you working from home and doing Zoom conferences? Please send your stories, photographs, or any other memories here, and you don’t have to be in the medical profession to submit a story. We are looking for a wide range of experiences.

Meg Fairfax Fielding, the Director of the History of Medicine in Maryland, will be collecting stories, photographs, news articles, and more to document this time. We are looking for about 500 words, submitted in a Word document, with JPG photographs attached, if applicable. All submissions will be assembled and printed on archival paper, bound, and stored with our historic medical journal collection.

To submit your stories, email [email protected]

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