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April 14, 1975

Blacks and American Medical Care

Author Affiliations

Meharry Medical College Nashville, Tenn

JAMA. 1975;232(2):193. doi:10.1001/jama.1975.03250020059033

To all of those who thought that the civil rights movement of the 60s had assured blacks equal and unobstructed access to health care and health education, this book reveals otherwise; to those who thought enough had been done with public and private funds to change the grim statistics of black morbidity and mortality, this book shatters that conception; to those who thought enough blacks were entering medical schools throughout this nation in order to provide health care for a deprived portion of the population, black and otherwise, Dr. Seham's use of statistics and his interpretations shatter that notion. Through abundant use of statistics taken from governmental, foundation, and private reports, the book leads the reader to a painfully clear diagnosis, an equally clear prognosis, and to a regimen of treatment not yet popular and difficult to institute.

Dr. Seham indicts the medical profession for its inability to grapple with