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September 8, 1999

Black Psychiatrists: Black Psychiatrists and American Psychiatry

Author Affiliations

Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorJonathan D.EldredgeMLS, PhD, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media


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edited by Jeanne Spurlock, 228 pp, with illus, $28, ISBN 0-89042-411-X, Washington, DC, American Psychiatric Association, 1999.

JAMA. 1999;282(10):993-994. doi:10.1001/jama.282.10.993

This was a fascinating book to read. It shares the story of a small group of nonwhite psychiatrists who have been struggling to make a contribution to the field of US psychiatry. As such, the editor has bestowed the gift of history upon American psychiatry lest it forget the persistent efforts of black psychiatrists in United States.

The first part of this easy-to-read book starts with historical reviews. Beginning a scant two generations ago with the United States' first black psychiatrist, Solomon Carter Fuller, Jeanne Spurlock, MD, provides a brief, but thorough, account of early and contemporary pioneers. She adequately reviews the ground-breaking efforts of several early and current administrative and clinical black psychiatrists and delineates the development of psychiatric medical education within the ranks of black psychiatry. Spurlock also gives credit to black psychiatrists who have provided leadership in national professional organizations.