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KING, David, physician, born in Raynham, Massachusetts, in 1774; died in Newport, Rhode Island, 14 November, 1836. He was graduated at Rhode Island college (now Brown university) in 1796, and pursued his medical studies under Dr. James Thatcher, of Plymouth. In 1799 he settled in Newport, Rhode Island, and also held the appointment of surgeon at Fort Wolcott, Newport harbor. In 1819, during the prevalence of yellow fever, his skill and experience were successfully called into operation in combating that malady, which he considered non-contagious. He was one of the earliest promoters of the Rhode Island medical society, and served as its president from 1830 till 1834. In 1821 he received the degree of M.D. from Brown.--His son, David, physician, born in Newport, Rhode Island, 12 May, 1812; died there, 7 March, 1882, was graduated at Brown in 1831, studied medicine with his father and at Jefferson medical college, Philadelphia, and received the degree of M.D. in 1834. He settled in Newport, where he soon secured a large practice, and in 1850-'1,1872-'4, and 1880, visited Europe for study. He was elected a member of the Rhode Island medical society in 1834, and subsequently served as its president. He was also president of the Newport historical society, the Rhode Island state board of health, and the Redwood library, and a founder of the American medical association. His collection of several thousand rare books was sold at auction in New York in 1884. Many of his literary treasures, consisting chiefly of Americana, bring exceedingly high prices. Among his publications were three Fiske prize essays, entitled " Purpura Haemorrhagica" (Boston, 1837); " Cholera Infantum " (Boston, 1837); and "Erysipelas" (Boston, 1840). He also wrote "History of Redwood Library" (Boston, 1860), and an "Historical Sketch of the Island Cemetery Company at Newport, Rhode Island" (1872).
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