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Doctoring FreedomThe Politics of African American Medical Care in Slavery and Emancipation$
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Gretchen Long

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780807835838

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807837399_long

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By Nature Specially Fitted for the Care of the Sufferer

By Nature Specially Fitted for the Care of the Sufferer

Black Doctors, Nurses, and Patients after the War

(p.139) Chapter Six By Nature Specially Fitted for the Care of the Sufferer
Doctoring Freedom

Gretchen Long

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter focuses on the experiences of African Americans as patients, medical students, and doctors from the end of the war through the early twentieth century. Faced with Jim Crow practices of exclusion from medical care and professional training, and in spite of limited resources, African American citizens had clear ideas about organizing their own medical care, establishing themselves as fundraisers and philanthropists who, by the end of the century, had founded medical institutions.

Keywords:   African Americans, patients, medical students, doctors, Jim Crow, medical care, fundraisers, philanthropists, medical institutions

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