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May 3, 1941

THE STUDENT SECTION of the Journal of the American Medical Association: Devoted to the Educational Interests and Welfare of Medical Students, Interns and Residents in Hospitals

JAMA. 1941;116(18):2111-2120. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820180117027

Undergraduate and Graduate Medical Education for Negroes  EDWARD L. TURNER, M.D.Dean, Meharry Medical CollegeNASHVILLE, TENN.During the year 1930-1931 there were 21,597 medical students enrolled in the seventy-seven class A medical schools in the United States.1 In twenty-five of these schools, at that time, there were 497 Negro medical students with by far the largest number attending Howard University Medical School and Meharry Medical College.It is of interest that in the early years of the depression there was an actual increase in the total number of all medical students to a peak enrolment of 22,888 in 1934-1935. This upward trend was not reflected in the number of Negro medical students, as they had decreased to 402 at that time. It would seem that in these early depression years many college students who might normally have gone into selling stocks, bonds, real estate or similar fields of activity