The Southern Medical and Surgical Journal (SMSJ) was first published in June 1836 by the faculty of the newly established Medical College of Georgia, who deemed the necessity of a medical journal published in the southeast region of the nation. The objective of the journal was to present scholarly work in the art of medicine to urban and rural medical practitioners. Its first editor was Dr. Milton Antony, considered by many to be the founding father of the Medical College of Georgia (MCG).

The monthly journal emphasized the laboratory research and practical medical work of the MCG faculty and medical professors from other schools, as well as articles written by private practicing physicians in the ante-bellum south. The main intention of the SMSJ was to keep the targeted audience - practicing physicians of Georgia and the surrounding states – informed of medical trends and new developments and improve medical care and standards as much as possible. Other features of the journal included a bibliographical section that reviewed recently published medical books; letters to the editor; obituaries; notices of medical meetings; and even meteorological observations. Comparative statistics, such as a classification of deaths in Georgia, were published in the SMSJ. The journal advocated the beliefs of the MCG faculty that a reformation in medical education was needed, while it also denounced quackery and charlatans. It was in the SMSJ in 1849 that the MCG Faculty proposed the organization of a state-wide medical association. Within the pages of the SMSJ are papers presented at the Augusta Medical Society meetings; reports of the Georgia Medical Association; and lists of the graduates of the Medical College of Georgia and sometimes the annual Introductory Lecture and the Commencement Address of the College.

The SMSJ was a vibrant reflection of middle 19th Century American medicine, particularly of the South. Significant articles that appeared first in the Southern Medical and Surgical Journal was Dr. Crawford W. Long's use of ether during surgery and Dr. Louis A. Dugas' theory for diagnosing dislocations of the shoulder joint, referred today as the "Dugas Sign".

The journal was published from June 1836 to December 1839, Volumes I-III (publication ceased following the death of Dr. Antony); 1845-1861, Volumes I-XVII, New Series; and resumed for only a brief time from July/August 1866 to July 1867, Volume XXI, Whole Series. Each volume is indexed by author/contributor and title/subject.

The digitization of this collection was made possible through the Express Library Digitization and Conservation Award given by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine Southeastern/Atlantic Region.

Credit shall be given as follows: Historical Collections & Archives, Robert B. Greenblatt, M.D. Library, Augusta University

All items in the repository are protected by copyright; they may be used for educational purposes with proper attribution. All other uses require the author's permission.

Recent Submissions

  • Southern Medical and Surgical Journal, 1866-67

    Dugas, Louis Alexander; Jones, Joseph; Ford, H.W. DeSaussure; Doughty, William Henry; Geddings, Edward; Rains, George Washington; Habersham, S.E.; Read, J.B.; Porcher, F. Peyre; Logan, Samuel; et al. (Medical College of Georgia, 1866)
    Please use the index to the 1866-1867 volume to find authors and articles.
  • Southern Medical and Surgical Journal, 1861

    Jones, Joseph; Eve, Joseph Adams; Doughty, William Henry; Ford, H.W. DeSaussure; Dugas, Louis Alexander; Bailey, A.W.; Eve, Paul F.; Gross, S.D.; Campbell, Henry Fraser; Campbell, Robert; et al. (Medical College of Georgia, 1861)
    Please use the index to find authors and articles.
  • Southern Medical and Surgical Journal, 1860

    Jones, Joseph; Campbell, Henry Fraser; Ford, H.W. DeSaussure; Doughty, William Henry; Dugas, Louis Alexander; Carroll, Robert C.; Campbell, Henry Fraser; Campbell, Robert; Medical College of Georgia (Medical College of Georgia, 1860)
    Please use the 1860 index to find Authors and Articles in this journal.
  • Southern Medical and Surgical Journal, 1859

    Jones, Joseph; Clark, William H.; Dugas, Louis Alexander; Ford, H.W. DeSaussure; Doughty, William Henry; Battey, Robert; Doughty, William Henry; Campbell, Henry Fraser; Campbell, Robert; Medical College of Georgia (Medical College of Georgia, 1859)
    Please use the index to the 1859 volume to find Authors and Articles.
  • Southern Medical and Surgical Journal, 1858

    Campbell, Robert; Eve, Joseph Adams; Campbell, Robert; Dugas, Louis Alexander; Jones, Joseph; Battey, Robert; Campbell, Henry Fraser; Campbell, Robert; Medical College of Georgia (Medical College of Georgia, 1858)
    Please use the index to the 1858 volume to find authors and articles.
  • Southern Medical and Surgical Journal, 1857

    Campbell, Henry Fraser; Campbell, Robert; Dugas, Louis Alexander; Eve, Joseph Adams; Campbell, Henry Fraser; Campbell, Robert; Medical College of Georgia (Medical College of Georgia, 1857)
    Please use the index to the 1857 volume to find authors and articles.
  • Southern Medical and Surgical Journal, 1856

    Ford, H.W. DeSaussure; Dugas, Louis Alexander; Dugas, Louis Alexander; Rossignol, Henry; Medical College of Georgia (Medical College of Georgia, 1856)
    Please use the index to the 1856 volume to find authors and articles.
  • Southern Medical and Surgical Journal, 1855

    Eve, Joseph Adams; Dugas, Louis Alexander; Miller, H.V.M. (Homer Virgil Milton); Dugas, Louis Alexander; Rossignol, Henry; Medical College of Georgia (Medical College of Georgia, 1855)
    Please use the index to the 1855 volume to find authors and articles.
  • Southern Medical and Surgical Journal, 1854

    Dugas, Louis Alexander; Garvin, Ignatius Poultney; Dugas, Louis Alexander; Medical College of Georgia (Medical College of Georgia, 1854)
    Please use the index to the 1854 volume to find authors and articles.
  • Southern Medical and Surgical Journal, 1853

    Dugas, Louis Alexander; Dugas, Louis Alexander; Medical College of Georgia (Medical College of Georgia, 1853)
    Please use the index to the 1853 volume to find authors and articles.
  • Southern Medical and Surgical Journal, 1852

    Dugas, Louis Alexander; Dugas, Louis Alexander; Medical College of Georgia (Medical College of Georgia, 1852)
    Please use the index to the 1852 volume to find authors and articles.
  • Southern Medical and Surgical Journal, 1851

    Dugas, Louis Alexander; Campbell, Henry Fraser; Campbell, Robert; Dugas, Louis Alexander; Medical College of Georgia (Medical College of Georgia, 1851)
    Please use the index to the 1851 volume to find authors and articles.
  • Southern Medical and Surgical Journal, 1850

    Garvin, Ignatius Poultney; Eve, Paul F.; Dugas, Louis Alexander; Campbell, Henry Fraser; Garvin, Ignatius Poultney; Medical College of Georgia (Medical College of Georgia, 1850)
    Please use the index to the 1850 volume to find authors and articles.
  • Southern Medical and Surgical Journal, 1849

    Eve, Paul F.; Means, Alexander; Dugas, Louis Alexander; Long, Crawford Williamson; Eve, Paul F.; Medical College of Georgia (Medical College of Georgia, 1849)
    Please use the index to the 1849 volume to find authors and articles.
  • Southern Medical and Surgical Journal, 1848

    Eve, Paul F.; Fort, Tomlinson; Eve, Paul F.; Medical College of Georgia (Medical College of Georgia, 1848)
    Please use the index to the 1848 volume to find authors and articles.
  • Southern Medical and Surgical Journal, 1847

    Eve, Paul F.; Garvin, Ignatius Poultney; Eve, Paul F.; Garvin, Ignatius Poultney; Medical College of Georgia (Medical College of Georgia, 1847)
    Please use the index to the 1847 volume to find authors and articles.
  • Southern Medical and Surgical Journal, 1846

    Eve, Paul F.; Garvin, Ignatius Poultney; Eve, Paul F.; Garvin, Ignatius Poultney; Medical College of Georgia (Medical College of Georgia, 1846)
    Please use the index to the 1846 volume to find authors and articles.
  • Southern Medical and Surgical Journal, 1845

    Eve, Paul F.; Garvin, Ignatius Poultney; Eve, Paul F.; Garvin, Ignatius Poultney; Medical College of Georgia (Medical College of Georgia, 1845)
    Please use the index to the 1845 volume to find authors and articles.
  • Southern Medical and Surgical Journal, 1838-1839

    Antony, Milton; Eve, Paul F.; Eve, Joseph Adams; Dugas, Louis Alexander; Robert, W.H.; Eve, Edward A.; Burt, William M.; Simons, Thomas Y.; Richardson, C.P.; Robertson, F. M.; et al. (Medical College of Georgia, 1838)
    Please use the index to the 1838-1839 volume to find authors and articles.
  • Southern Medical and Surgical Journal, 1837-1838

    Antony, Milton; Eve, Joseph Adams; Whitridge, J.B.; Eve, Paul F.; Geddings, Edward; Barratt, John P.; Antony, Milton; Medical College of Georgia (Medical College of Georgia, 1837)
    Please use the index to the 1837 volume to find authors and articles. NOTE: The printer did not continue the page numbers for issue 2, but began with page 1. (See editor's note on first page of index.)

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