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African American healers
Cox, Clinton.
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Publication Information:
New York : John Wiley, [2000]

Physical Description:
vii, 164 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Profiles over thirty notable African Americans in the health field, including Civil War nurse Susie King Taylor, Dr. Charles Drew, father of the blood bank, and young pioneering surgeon Ben Carson.
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R695 .C69 2000 Juvenile Non-Fiction Childrens Area-Black History
R695 .C69 2000 Juvenile Non-Fiction Biography
R695 .C69 2000 Juvenile Non-Fiction Biography

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Throughout American history, determined African Americans have become healers. As doctors, nurses, and scientists, they have made vital contributions to the health of the American people.

The road to attaining the knowledge these healers longed for was a difficult one. But they kept going, despite the obstacles. These healers would not only mend the ills of the sick, but would also found schools, build hospitals, and fight for equal treatment as well as for the rights of their patients.

These true and inspiring stories of some of the great African American healers show you how:

Dr. James Durham, the first African American doctor, saved the lives of more yellow fever victims than most doctors in colonial Philadelphia.
∗ Susie King Taylor began nursing both black and white soldiers at the age of thirteen when the Civil War began and cared for them throughout the war.
∗ Dr. Daniel Hale Williams, who founded Provident Hospital in Chicago, saved a patient′s life by performing the first successful open-heart operation.
∗ Dr. Justina Laurena Ford, the first black female physician in the Rocky Mountains, treated patients of all races in their homes, and became fluent in eight languages.
∗ Dr. Charles Drew invented the blood bank and discovered new uses for plasma.
∗ Dr. Benjamin Carson blazed a trail in the amazing field of brain surgery.

This outstanding collection brings to light these and dozens of other exciting and surprising tales of the men and women of medicine who lived their dreams.

Author Notes

Clinton Cox is a journalist and author who has twice been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize.
Jim Haskins is Professor of English at the University of Florida, Gainesville, and winner of numerous awards, including the Washington Post Children's Book Guild Award for the body of his work, the Carter G. Woodson Award, and the Coretta Scott King Book Award

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Gr. 4^-7. This new Black Stars series of collective biographies boasts well-known authors as well as the imprimateur of James Haskins as general editor. Arranged in rather sweeping chronological categories (Early Years, Civil War Years, Next Century, Modern Times), each book contains 20-plus two-to-three-page profiles, most accompanied by a black-and-white portrait photo. Nothing is pursued in depth, and more somber or controversial aspects of the subjects' lives are indicated in roundabout ways if at all (there's no mention, for example, of Maya Angelou's being raped, the scars of which figured so prominently in her writing). The subjects, however, have been thoughtfully selected, and the writing is straightforward but lively enough to engage. Cox includes both women and men in his roundup and supplies notes. Wilkinson, who focuses largely on writers known for adult books, sacrifices notes to include a page of "Other Noted Writers" and some recommended readings by authors who write for children and teens. Both books have a time line, a solid bibliography, and a chronology. --Stephanie Zvirin

School Library Journal Review

Gr 6-9-Two accessible collective biographies. Healers includes 24 individuals from Colonial times to the present, focusing on nurses, researchers, and doctors. Some are not well known, such as Dr. James Durham, who was born into slavery in 1762, bought his freedom, and became the first African-American doctor in this country. Others, like Charles Richard Drew or Joycelyn Elders, are more familiar. Each of the brief personal histories emphasizes the accomplishments of these pioneers in the field of medicine. Wilkinson's book spans the same time period and features 24 writers, the majority of whom will be familiar to most readers. From Phillis Wheatley to Zora Neale Hurston, Lorraine Hansberry, Octavia Butler, and Terry McMillan, the authors represent a variety of genres. Each sketch includes a handsome black-and-white photo or reproduction and three to five pages of text along with occasional quotes from the woman's writing. Good introductions to their subjects' lives and accomplishments.-Janet Woodward, Garfield High School, Seattle, WA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Introductionp. 1
Part 1 The Early Yearsp. 3
Dr. James Durhamp. 5
James McCune Smith, M.D.p. 10
Part 2 The Civil War Years and Reconstructionp. 15
Major Martin Robison Delanyp. 17
John S. Rock, M.D.p. 23
Dr. Alexander T. Augustap. 28
Susie King Taylorp. 34
Rebecca Lee (Crumpler), M.D.p. 41
Charles Burleigh Purvis, M.D.p. 46
Part 3 Into the New Centuryp. 51
Mary Eliza Mahoneyp. 53
Nathan Francis Mossell, M.D.p. 58
Daniel Hale Williams, M.D.p. 63
George Cleveland Hall, M.D.p. 70
Austin Maurice Curtis, M.D.p. 73
Adah Belle Thomsp. 76
Justina Laurena Ford, M.D.p. 81
Louis Tompkins Wright, M.D.p. 87
William Augustus Hinton, M.D.p. 94
Charles Richard Drew, M.D.p. 100
Percy Lavon Julian, Ph.D.p. 109
Part 4 Modern Timesp. 115
Alvin Francis Poussaint, M.D.p. 117
Benjamin Solomon Carson, M.D.p. 123
Deborah Prothrow-Stith, M.D.p. 128
Joycelyn (Jones) Elders, M.D.p. 132
David Satcher, M.D.p. 137
Chronologyp. 143
Notesp. 147
Bibliographyp. 153
Picture Creditsp. 155
Indexp. 157