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Rhode Island Medical Society papers

Historical note

Founded in 1812, the Rhode Island Medical Society is a voluntary association of physicians, physician assistants, and medical students. It supports and advocates for all Rhode Island physicians in their efforts to provide the best possible care to their patients. For more than 160 years, the Rhode Island Medical Society maintained a library, which grew to about 50,000 volumes by 1980. In 1987 the Rhode Island Medical Society made a gift of its collection to Brown University. The most significant historical portions of the collection are now housed at the John Hay Library of Brown University. Other volumes were interdigitated with the collection in the Sciences Library.