Korean J Med Hist.  1996 Jun;5(1):53-64.

Academic Activities of the Korean Physiological Society: The First 50 Years (1945-1995)

  • 1Department of the History of Medicine and Medical Humanities, Seoul National University College of Medicine, Korea.


In this paper, authors investigated the academic activities of the Korean Physiological Society for the first 50 years from its foundation in 1945 to the year 1995. Authors divided the first 50 years of the Korean Physiological Society into the 4 developmental stages such as 1) Stage of Foundation (1945-1956), 2) Stage of Reconstruction (1957-1966), 3) Stage of Adjustment (1967-1981) and 4) Stage of Promotion (1982-1995), relating to its academic activities. Each stage had its own affairs and characteristics as follows. 1) The Stage of Foundation : Foundation of the Society; Participation of the members in the joint annual academic meeting held by the Korean Medical Association 2) The Stage of Reconstruction : Having the independent annual academic meeting; Rapid increase of papers read in the meeting; Affiliation of the Society with the International Union of Physiological Sciences(IUPS) 3) The Stage of Adjustment : Foundation of the Korean Journal of Physiology 4) The Stage of Promotion : Having the spring academic meeting; Further increase of papers(oral and poster) presented in the meeting; Increase of papers in the Journal; Transformation of the Journal into the English edition; Active participation of the members in the international academic activities; Establishment of the subspecial society such as the Korean Society for Smooth Muscle Research and the Ion-channel Group


Korean Physiological Society; Annual Academic Meeting; The Korean Journal of Physiology
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