The Impact of Black Medical Organizations on African American Health
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This chapter will continue the story of how black people took charge of their own healthcare and how they established a well-defined footprint in the annals of medicine. It deals with a presentation of the two major black medical organizations impacting black healthcare whose development spanned the period from the late nineteenth century to the present time. No realistic and meaningful discussion about healthcare for African Americans can be carried on without including these two giants in the conversation. I am able to write knowledgably about both, because I am privileged to have been at one time the president of the first organization, the National Medical Association (NMA), and the founder and former president of the second, the Association of Black Cardiologists (ABC). I present a historical and expository presentation on each one and will provide an analysis of the impact that each has had on blacks in medicine over the past 120-plus years.
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