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August 16, 1971

Blacks, Medical Schools, and Society

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University of Chicago Chicago

JAMA. 1971;217(7):970. doi:10.1001/jama.1971.03190070078037

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The aim of this book is to highlight the racially discriminatory practices that have led to an underrepresentation of blacks in American medicine, to argue for complete racial integration, and to describe methods of identifying and supporting the disadvantaged minority high school and college students capable of successfully completing medical school. However, in dealing with such broad issues, it is not clear to this reader which audience the author is addressing.

In compiling data on blacks involved in medical training, Dr. Curtis notes that while blacks comprise more than 11% of the population, only 6% are enrolled in medical school. He argues for black representation in medicine to be at least equal to the percentage in the general population and that their training take place in integrated medical schools. In the author's experience, there is a large pool of talented blacks attending ghetto schools, but there are no programs to