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May 25, 1889


JAMA. 1889;XII(21):760-764. doi:10.1001/jama.1889.02400980044009

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This picturesque and fashionable summer resort,1 at which the Fortieth Annual Meeting of the American Medical Association will be held, is seated on the southern extremity of Rhode Island at the main entrance to Narragansett Bay. The territory of Newport comprises the southern portion of the island of Rhode Island, joining an elbow-shaped peninsular, of an average width of about two miles, the harbor being on the inside.

All that section near the wharves and for some distance back is the old and historic Newport, and is the business portion of the city. Here are still to be seen many old houses with gambrel roofs or projecting eaves, built previous to the Revolution, and most of them have interesting histories of the old colonial days, famous families, or revolutionary events. The appearance of antiquity is further heightened in this quarter by the narrowness of the side streets, lined

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