April 28, 1923


JAMA. 1923;80(17):1244. doi:10.1001/jama.1923.02640440058015

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In planning for the protection and promotion of the health of the negro population of the United States, the entire country has a deep concern. Statistics show the excessive morbidity and mortality that handicaps the negro race in this country; they prove, further, that no inconsiderable part of the excess is due to diseases communicable without respect to race, and justify the inference that no small part is due to lack of knowledge and to inadequate medical and surgical care. In outlining plans for negro health betterment, no factor is of greater importance than the part the negro himself will play, and particularly the part that will be played by the negro physician.

When the negro physician enters the home of his colored patient or meets him in the dispensary or the hospital ward, he greets him as one of his own people, adapts himself to the needs of the

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