Black Psychiatrists and American Psychiatry (Hardback)Jeanne Spurlock (editor)
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Publisher: American Psychiatric Association Publishing
Number of pages: 248
Weight: 553 g
Dimensions: 229 x 150 x 25 mm
"This book should be read by those with an interest in the history of psychiatry as well as by those who wonder what psychiatrists do in addition to helping individuals overcome the symptoms of those biological disorders called mental illness."-- "Journal of Clinical Psychiatry"
"This text assembles multiple architectural views of the contributions that blacks have made to American psychiatry. The accounts vary in intensity and poignancy. But the chapters repeatedly evoke the crucial question of why such a talented class of physicians has encountered so many impediments to practicing their art with unfettered encouragement. Spurlock and her colleagues remind us, in a thoughtful and intriguing fashion, that as a historical matter, black physicians have not been able to pursue excellence freely in these United States. The slope toward achievement even for such an educated group of blacks has been slippery and encumbered. But the text captures well their spirit of persistence."-- "Ezra E. H. Griffith, M.D., Professor of Psychiatry and African-American Studies, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut"
"Solomon Carter Fuller, the first black psychiatrist (1872--1953), was followed by only a handful of other pioneers. Not until the Civil Rights movement of the '60s did opportunities open. But prejudice and discrimination have always marked their path, as illustrated here by the poignant reminisces of Mildred Mitchell-Bateman (W. Va. commissioner of mental health 1962--1977) and James Baker (VA 1953--1986). The book offers surveys of black psychiatrists, numbers and their experiences, in chapters on community psychiatry, academia, research, psychoanalysis, and transcultural, military, and forensic areas. Despite progress, fewer than 4% of all psychiatrists are black, with few in leadership positions. The book provides a baseline to measure further progress."-- "Lucy D. Ozarin, M.D., Medical Director (retired), USPHS, Bethesda, Maryland"