The aim of the society is to promote the history of medicine and sciences in Switzerland. Foundet in 1921, it is member of the Swiss Academy of Sciences SCNAT. It serves as a platform for scientific exchange and maintains contact to other national and international societies and institutions.
The Swiss Society of the History of Medicine and Sciences holds an annual scientific meeting and publishes the European Journal for the History of Medicine and Health. It supports young scientists and confers the Henry-E.-Sigerist Prize for the promotion of young scholars in the history of medicine and science.