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May 12, 1900


JAMA. 1900;XXXIV(19):1200-1201. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.02460190050014

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In an address delivered before the Tri-State Medical Society of Virginia and the Carolinas, Dr. Paul B. Barringer very forcibly presents his views on the medicosociologic aspects of the negro question in this country. He thinks the negro is, under present conditions, rapidly reverting to savagery, that the future of the country is in peril and that "unless a brake is placed on the ontogeny of this savage, the South will be uninhabitable for the whites." The picture he draws is a dismal one; we prefer to see a brighter possibility ahead, and hence are glad to be able to correct one or two of the premises on which his conclusions are based. He thinks that the negroes in the large Northern cities are not advancing as compared with those of the country districts of the same sections. It is true that they include many disreputables, but it would, we

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