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JAMA. 1954;154(10):838-841. doi:10.1001/jama.1954.02940440036014.
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RHODE ISLAND MEDICAL SOCIETY  To permit readers ofThe Journalto become better acquainted with the activities of state medical associations articles describing them will appear from time to time in these pages.—Ed.The Rhode Island Medical Society was established in 1812. Dr. Robert Jeoffreys, holder of the earliest license granted in Rhode Island, was in 1641 "authorized to exercise the function of Chirurgerie." The first medical degree conferred in any of the colonies was that bestowed on Capt. John Cranston in 1664 by act of the colonial legislature, which reads: "Whereas the Court hath taken notice of the great blessing of God on the good endevers of Captayne John Cranston of Newport, both in phissicke and chirurgery, to the great comfort of such as have had occasion to improve his skill and practice etc. The Court doe therefore unanimously enacte and declare that the said Captayne John Cranston


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