[AFRICAN AMERICANA] -- [MEDICINE]. A group of 3 items pertaining to medicine, comprising:

BARKER, Ober B. TLS, Los Angeles, CA, Feb. 1958. On Dr. Barker's letterhead. Addressed to "Teddy," who appears to be a son of a friend. In the letter he discusses Dr. W. Montague Cobb, Professor of Anatomy at the Howard University College of Medicine and medical historian. He quotes Dr. Cobb as saying: "With the exception of Freedmen's, hospitals were not only segregated in Washington 35 years ago, they followed strictly segregative practices up until about 1952. When the George Washington and Georgetown University Hospitals were completed, private patients began to be admitted and not segregated. This is partly a product of the fact that it is difficult to segregate in the new type wards which have only a few beds. Segregative policy has been positively abandoned in D.C. General Hospital (formerly Gallinger Municipal) here, where it would be difficult to effect because more than 90 per.cent of the patients now are Negro. In other hospitals there is still a tendency to assign Negro patients to certain areas and advise that there are no beds when those areas are filled." He goes on to note that there is another article by Dr. Cobb in the Journal of the National Medical Association relative to this situation.

Booklet Marking One Hundred Years of Achievement in Medicine, published by the SUN Company. Noting sponsorship of the Dr. Charles Drew Award, the Dr. Rebecca Lee Medal and the Dr. James McCune Smith Medal. N.p., n.d.  8vo, printed paper wraps. Contains biographies of notable doctors, professors and researchers, many African American, with other notables interspersed. 36 unnumb. pp. Contains a feature on Dr. Cobb (above), among others. The last profile is of John Sweat Rock, M.D. (1825-1866), the "First Black to be admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States...." (spine with slight browning, starting to separate at foot)

"Vest Pocket Memoranda Presenting the Merits and Imitations of Dr. M.A. Simmons Vegetable Liver Medicine...,"approx. 2.5 x 6.5 in., printed paper wraps. Each left-hand page has some information about the "medicine," usually including testimonials from "users."At the bottom of the page is a warning about fake products using a similar - or even the same - name. The opposite page is blank for personal notes. On the fourth page, one company that was apparently sued by Dr. Simmons gave their rationale for making the same product is that they were making "cheap negro medicine" using the same formula as Dr. Simmons, but cheaper ingredients. (wear and scuffing, slight browning of pages)

Estimate: $200 - $400

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