December 4, 1948

Medical Symphony: A Study of the Contributions of the Negro to Medical Progress in New York

JAMA. 1948;138(14):1066. doi:10.1001/jama.1948.02900140058032

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The title of this small book is taken from a far fetched metaphor which likens the various groups of physicians to the groups of instruments in a symphony orchestra, each of which has its individual score and contributes to the harmony of the whole. The implication is that Negro physicians have a definite role in the medical profession and require equal opportunity for expression, for development and to contribute. While the subtitle indicates it to be a study of the contributions of Negro physicians to medical progress in New York, there is in fact no reference to any achievement that has actually advanced medicine. A good deal of space is given to an account of the struggle which Negroes have made for positions on hospital staffs, particularly on Harlem Hospital staff. Memberships in medical societies, generally considered as necessities, are regarded as accomplishments. Reference is made to dentists who have

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