About KSID



KSID published a book titled History of Infectious Diseases in Korea. The book is designed to describe the terms and concepts related to infectious diseases that emerged throughout history, highlight the historical background of those concepts, and document extensive terminology including the terms used in Western and Oriental medicine and daily language related to infectious diseases. The book also outlined the scope and categories of infectious diseases and provide minimum necessary medical knowledge to better understand the book.

KSID also published Textbook of Guideposts to Antimicrobial in 1983, which was written by Professor Hee Young Chung, an authority in the field, and the subsequent edition was published by KSID in 2000. Several years have passed, and some of the drugs being tested at that time are widely used in reality, with more new drugs being introduced. In this context, KSID has recently published an updated version of the book.


New infectious diseases keep occurring unexpectedly, and some of the diseases that disappeared often reemerge. In addition, a drastic increase in the microorganisms that are resistant to antibiotics becomes a source of anxiety and sometimes terror around the globe. At this juncture, KSID published Infectious Diseases on January 26, 2007, with the efforts and cooperation of scholars and experts in the field of infectious diseases to help the readers better understand and cope with infectious diseases.

To provide guidelines for adult vaccination in Korea, KSID also published Vaccination for Adult on November 26, 2007, in cooperation with infectious disease experts.


KSID published 40-Year History of KSID to commemorate the 40th anniversary of its establishment and use the book as valuable material to celebrate its history and envisage the coming years.


From 1999 to 2000, KSID worked to publish a new edition of Textbook of Guideposts to Antimicrobial, which is widely used by medical practitioners as a useful guideline on the use of antibiotics.

On October 12, 2001, KSID opened its office in Seocho-dong, Seoul, to assist its organized activities and provide administrative support to its members. With the addition of this office, KSID is now able to provide seamless services with respect to the management of members¡¯ updated personal information, provision of information on KSID activities, provision of information on academic activities of related societies, management of academic marks, and all administrative support related to KSID activities.


KSID published the inaugural issue of ¡°Infection¡± in 1969. The magazine was published biannually from 1984, quarterly from 1987, and six times a year from 1995.

KSID has made significant achievements in relation to the research, epidemiological investigation, and treatment of statutory infectious diseases such as typhoid, cholera and encephalitis, and other infectious diseases. For instance, at the outbreak of various infectious diseases, KSID has been requested by the Ministry of Health and Social Affairs to identify the epicenters throughout the nation and potential causes and establish measures to prevent further contagion, thereby substantially contributing to the national campaigns to prevent epidemics.

KSID also made efforts to publicize the appropriate method of using antibiotics, highlight the issues arising from abuse of antibiotics, and launch campaigns to enlighten the public with respect to the appropriate use of antibiotics.

Four years ago, KSID began to tour the country to provide training and education on infectious diseases and has actively engaged in exchanging information with the societies for infectious diseases in other Asian countries.


The formation of KSID was absolutely necessary not only for the medical community, but also for the nation itself because Korea had undergone liberation from the Japanese colonial rule, the Korean War and a series of political turmoil and, in the process, various infectious diseases broke out throughout the nation.

In 1962, KSID was admitted to a divisional society under the Korean Medical Association. In 1966, KSID played a pivotal role in launching the Council of Divisional Societies, and then President Jong Hwi Jeon served as the 3rd to 5th Chairperson of the Council of Divisional Societies.

Having held the first KSID Conference in 1962, only one year after its establishment, KSID has to this date held the conference annually where symposium with a topic related to infectious and related diseases offers opportunities to exchange broad ideas about those diseases and present research outcomes.

From 1986, KSID has held a monthly conference where all members are invited to actively exchange latest information.


KSID was promoted on November 1, 1961, by the late professor Yong Sook Ki, who had had much interest in the field of infectious diseases, and 41 other figures sharing the idea. On November 11, 1961, KSID was established at its inaugural meeting, selecting Myung Jae Lim as the inaugural president and Jong Hwi Jeon as the vice president.