Books, Journals, New Media Section Editor: Harriet
S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA; David H. Morse, MS, University
of Southern California, Norris Medical Library, Journal Review Editor.
Working Cures deeply examines the state of
health care for slaves in the antebellum South. University of California,
Los Angeles, visiting assistant professor of history Sharla M. Fett relies
upon narratives from slaves, case studies published in Southern medical journals,
and letters written by plantation owners to discuss several aspects of medicine
within the slave community. The strength of Working Cures lies in Fett's ability to weave these quotes from former slaves and
plantation owners into her discussion of the past. The vivid accounts allow
readers to better comprehend the complex struggle of slaves to obtain adequate
health care and access to medicine.
Reed BC. History. JAMA. 2003;290(15):2066-2067. doi:10.1001/jama.290.15.2066-a