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Books, Journals, New Media
January 15, 2003

African American Health CareAfrican American Health Care

Author Affiliations

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; adviser for new media, Robert Hogan, MD, San Diego.

JAMA. 2003;289(3):360. doi:10.1001/jama.289.3.360-a

Karla F. C. Holloway, professor of English and Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences at Duke University, writes a fascinating book about the unique experience of death and dying within African American culture. To explore the significance of the mortuary business and funeral rituals in black culture, Passed On takes readers on a journey through the Jim Crow era of the 20th century United States to the present day. By weaving interviews, historical accounts, and personal reflection, Holloway demonstrates how a combination of racial injustice, violence against blacks, and medical neglect has shaped black people's expected transition between this world and the afterlife.