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Blacks in Medicine

Clinical, Demographic, and Socioeconomic Correlations

  • Explores the history of Blacks in medicine

  • Features a longitudinal timeline through which evidence-based information about the healthcare challenges faced by Blacks is discussed

  • Places current medical problems in a historical context that allows these issues to be easily understood


About this book


This socially conscious, culturally relevant book explores the little-known history and present climate of Black people in the medical field. It reveals the deficiencies in the American healthcare structure that have contributed to the mismanagement of healthcare in the Black population, and examines cross-currents that intersect with the major events in minority medical history.

Illustrated across 10 expertly written chapters, this text features a longitudinal timeline with the presentation of evidence-based information drawn from historical, political, and clinical sources. The book begins with an analysis of diseases particularly prevalent in the Black community due to socioeconomic inequalities in available medical care. These diseases include sickle cell anemia, hypertension, heart failure, drug addiction, and HIV/AIDS. Bolstered by profiles of historically well-known Black physicians, stories of success in medical education, and the remarkable impact of Black medical organizations, subsequent chapters address the triumphs and tribulations of the Black medical professional in America. Concluding with an examination of the current health status of Black people in the United States, the book makes a case for future systemic improvements in healthcare delivery to minority communities.

A unique, noteworthy reference, Blacks in Medicine: Clinical, Demographic, and Socioeconomic Correlations is written for a broad range of physicians and health providers, as well as professionals in the social sciences and public health.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.EncinoUSA

About the authors

Richard Allen Williams, MD, FACC, FAHA, FACP
Clinical Professor of Medicine
UCLA School of Medicine
Los Angeles, CA

Dr. Williams is the editor of two Springer books: Healthcare Disparities at the Crossroads with Healthcare Reform, 978-1-4419-7135-7, 2011 (sales: 399; downloads: 10,020) and Eliminating Healthcare Disparities in America, 978-1-934115-42-8, 2007 (sales: 700; downloads: 8318).

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Blacks in Medicine
  • Book Subtitle Clinical, Demographic, and Socioeconomic Correlations
  • Authors Richard Allen Williams
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Medicine Medicine (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-030-41959-2
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-41962-2
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-030-41960-8
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XXVII, 200
  • Number of Illustrations 44 b/w illustrations, 102 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Internal Medicine
    History of Medicine
    Medical Education
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“This book is written for all medical professionals and healthcare policy professionals at all levels of training and expertise. … This book offers detailed insight about major chronic diseases common in the African American population. It does not stop with just describing the disease processes and treatment. The book has helpful information about current healthcare policies.” (Margaret Griffin, Doody's Book Reviews, September 18, 2020)