Book ID: CBB508260841

The Morehouse Mystique: Becoming a Doctor at the Nation's Newest African American Medical School (2012)

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Gasman, Marybeth (Author)
Bush, Barbara (Author)
Sullivan, Louis W. (Author)


Johns Hopkins University Press


Publication Date: 2012
Physical Details: 200
Language: English

The Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia, is one of only four predominantly Black medical schools in the United States. Among its illustrious alumni are surgeons general of the United States, medical school presidents, and numerous other highly regarded medical professionals. This book tells the engrossing history of this venerable institution.The school was founded just after the civil rights era, when major barriers prevented minorities from receiving adequate health care and Black students were underrepresented in predominantly White medical schools. The Morehouse School of Medicine was conceived to address both problems―it was a minority-serving institution educating doctors who would practice in underserved communities.The school's history involves political maneuvering, skilled leadership, dedication to training African American physicians, and a mission of primary care in disadvantaged communities. Highlighting such influential leaders as former Health and Human Services Secretary Louis W. Sullivan, The Morehouse Mystique situates the school in the context of the history of medical education for Blacks and race relations throughout the country. The book features excerpts from personal interviews with prominent African American doctors as well as with former presidents Jimmy Carter and George H. W. Bush, who reveal how local, state, and national politics shaped the development of Black medical schools in the United States.The story of the Morehouse School of Medicine reflects the turbulent time in which it was founded and the lofty goals and accomplishments of a diverse group of African American leaders. Their tireless efforts in creating this eminent Black institution changed the landscape of medical education and the racial and ethnic makeup of physicians and health care professions.

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Authors & Contributors
Baker, Robert B.
Olakanmi, Ololade
Jacobs, Elizabeth A.
Wynia, Matthew K.
Washington, Harriet A.
Savitt, Todd Lee
Journals
Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences
Bulletin of the History of Medicine
Journal of the National Medical Association
Journal of the American Medical Association
Pharmacy in History
Publishers
Oxford University Press
SLACK
Rutgers University Press
University of New Mexico Press
Johns Hopkins University Press
Duke University Press
Concepts
Medicine and race
African Americans
African Americans and science
Physicians; doctors
Public health
Science and race
People
Mazique, Edward Craig
Flexner, Abraham
Butts, Leo Vinton
Places
United States
Africa
Alabama (U.S.)
North America
Central America
New York City (New York, U.S.)
Times
20th century
19th century
21st century
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