1st Edition

An American Health Dilemma Race, Medicine, and Health Care in the United States 1900-2000

By W. Michael Byrd, Linda A. Clayton Copyright 2002
    926 Pages 60 Color Illustrations
    by Routledge

    First published in 2002. An American Health Dilemma is the story of medicine in the United States from the perspective of people who were consistently, officially mistreated, abused, or neglected by the Western medical tradition and the US health-care system. It is also the compelling story of African Americans fighting to participate fully in the health-care professions in the face of racism and the increased power of health corporations and HMOs. This tour-de-force of research on the relationship between race, medicine, and health care in the United States is an extraordinary achievement by two of the leading lights in the field of public health. Ten years out, it is finally updated, with a new third volume taking the story up to the present and beyond, remaining the premiere and only reference on black public health and the history of African American medicine on the market today. No one who is concerned with American race relations, with access to and quality of health care, or with justice and equality for humankind can afford to miss this powerful resource.

    Introduction; I: Race, Medicine, and Health in Early Twentieth-Century America; One: Black Americans and the Health System in the Early Twentieth Century, 1901-1929; Two: Black Americans and the Health System during the Great Depression and World War II, 1930–1945; II: Race, Medicine, and Health before, during, and after the Black Civil Rights Era; Three: Black Americans and the Health System from World War II through the Civil Rights Era, 1945–1965; Four: Civil Rights Gains, Conservative Retrenchment, and Black Healthy 1965–1980; Five: The Medical Profession during an Era of Civil Rights Gains and Conservative Retrenchment 1965–1980; Six: Western Science's Deep, Dark Secret and the U.S. Health System's Mendacious Legacy; III: The Coming of the Corporation; Seven: Retrenchment and a Dream Deferred: The Black Health Crisis of the 1980s and 1990s; IV: Race, Medicine, Health Reform, and the Future; Eight: Black and Disadvantaged Health, Health Reform, and the Future


    W. Michael Byrd, Linda A. Clayton