The Hunterian Society, one of the oldest in England, was founded in 1819 by Dr. William Cooke, a general practitioner, and Mr. Thomas Armiger, a surgeon, both practicing in the City and east district of London. The Society was named to honour John Hunter, the Father of Scientific Surgery, to whose lifetime of teaching and innovative experimentation the Society was then, and is yet now, dedicated to celebrate.
The Society has, since its inception, devoted its activities to the pursuit of medical knowledge and learning in the broadest sense. Meetings, which by custom established from the earliest years, are conducted in a spirit of convivial companionship over dinner which traditionally precedes the subject for debate. This conjunction of food, wine and conversation, debate, deliberation and discussion remains the hallmark of every meeting of the Hunterian Society to this day.