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Inequality and African-American HealthHow Racial Disparities Create Sickness$
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Shirley A. Hill

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781447322818

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447322818.001.0001

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Sickness in slavery and freedom

Sickness in slavery and freedom

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(p.29) Two Sickness in slavery and freedom
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Inequality and African-American Health
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Shirley A. Hill

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447322818.003.0003

The health deficit of African Americans is explored in a historical context, starting with the abuse, poor treatment, and sub-standard medical care Blacks received during and after slavery. Segregation was the law of the land until the 1960s, and African Americans not only received marginal health care but faced significant barriers in access to medical schools. This chapter looks at the battle to end segregated medicine and the gradual acceptance of black people in medical schools and as members of the American Medical Association.

Keywords:   slavery, medicine, medical school, segregation, health care

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