Black Doctors and the Making of ‘Good’ Medicine: Confronting Structural Racism in Early 20th Century Reforms

Speaker: Adam Biggs, PhD, Rutgers University

Date + Time: Wednesday, October 19, 2022, 4:00pm - 5:30pm, EDT

Location: Virtual, on BlueJeans

Abstract: In this Bates Center seminar, Adam Biggs, PhD, will explore how reforms in medical education impacted African American physicians in the early twentieth century and examine how standards of professional legitimacy and academic merit were predicated on the maintenance of racial, gender, and class hierarchies.

Bio: Adam Biggs is a historian of race, medicine, and civil rights currently serving as a postdoctoral associate in the Scarlet and Black Research Center at Rutgers University. He received his doctorate in American Studies at Harvard University and his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Pennsylvania. His research examines the desegregation of Harlem Hospital and explores how early twentieth century black doctors used professional medicine to advocate for racial improvement. His current book project is titled Strange Cures: Black Doctors, Harlem Hospital, and the New Negro in American Medicine, 1919-1935.


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