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Books, Journals, New Media
October 15, 2003


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.

JAMA. 2003;290(15):2066-2067. doi:10.1001/jama.290.15.2066-a

Working Cures deeply examines the state of health care for slaves in the antebellum South. University of California, Los Angeles, visiting assistant professor of history Sharla M. Fett relies upon narratives from slaves, case studies published in Southern medical journals, and letters written by plantation owners to discuss several aspects of medicine within the slave community. The strength of Working Cures lies in Fett's ability to weave these quotes from former slaves and plantation owners into her discussion of the past. The vivid accounts allow readers to better comprehend the complex struggle of slaves to obtain adequate health care and access to medicine.