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"Science has just the privilege of teaching us what we do not know, by replacing feeling with reason and experience." — Claude Bernard
Since its founding in 1887, the American Physiological Society and its members have generated a huge body of physiological knowledge. Initially, these discoveries were presented at scientific meetings, the reason for the Society’s founding. The formation of the Congress of American Physicians and Surgeons, designed as an alternative to the large and politicized meetings of the American Medical Association and intended to promote medical research, served as the trigger for the founding of APS. Unless physiology was established as a national society, the discipline would not be represented at the first congress, scheduled for 1888. The APS was the only basic science society to join the group, underscoring the close affiliation of physiology with clinical medicine that continues to this day.
The founding of APS at the College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University in New York City is credited to S. Weir Mitchell, Henry Pickering Bowditch, Henry Newell Martin, Russell H. Chittenden, and John Green Curtis. An additional twenty-three colleagues joined them as original members when the Society was founded in December 1887. Bowditch was elected as the first President at the founding meeting.
In recognition of the Society’s 125th anniversary, we are pleased to provide this featured site to highlight the contributions of physiologists.
A video created to celebrate 125 years of the American Physiological Society.
In recognition of the Society’s 125th anniversary, and in acknowledgment of the critical role played by the APS journals in the Society’s legacy, Thomson Reuters, which produces the Journal Citation Reports database, including journal Impact Factors, was asked to identify the most highly cited articles since 1900. The Society therefore presents here the top ten cited articles for each of our journals for the following time periods: 1900-1924; 1925-1949; 1950-1959; 1960-1969; 1970-1979; 1980-1989; 1990-1999; and 2000-2011.
The Journal of Physiology has published an editorial "Congratulations, APS! 125 and counting . . ."
The County of San Diego California proclaimed April 21, 2012 to be "American Physiology Society Day" thoughtout San Diego County.
The poster titled "INQUISITIVE DOCTOR, RELUCTANT PATIENT: The Story of Alexis St. Martin’s Gastric Fistula & America’s First Physiologist, Dr. William Beaumont, Who Discovered Gastric Juice & the Physiology of Digestion (1822-1833)" was presented at EB 2012 San Diego by Jay Dean, University of South Florida.
San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders extends a welcome to APS and issues a proclamation in recognition of the Society’s 125th anniversary, declaring April 21, 2012 to be “American Physiological Society Day” in the City of San Diego.