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ERIC Number: ED535409
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 200
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ISBN: ISBN-978-1-4214-0443-1
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The Morehouse Mystique: Becoming a Doctor at the Nation's Newest African American Medical School
Gasman, Marybeth
Johns Hopkins University Press
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. (Contains 28 halftones and 1 line drawing.) ["The Morehouse Mystique: Becoming a Doctor at the Nation's Newest African American Medical School" was written with Louis W. Sullivan.]
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Publication Type: Books; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Georgia