By Heather M. Butts JD MPH MA,Dr. Hugh Florenz Butts MD

The carrier of African americans in safeguard of the Union in the course of the Civil struggle required African American nurses, medical professionals and surgeons to heal these squaddies. within the nation's capital, those courageous healthcare employees created a clinical infrastructure for African american citizens by way of African american citizens. Preeminent physician Alexander T. Augusta fought discrimination, visited President Lincoln, testified earlier than Congress and aided the warfare attempt. Washington's Freedmen's health center used to be shaped to serve the District's turning out to be loose African American inhabitants, finally changing into the Howard college clinical heart. those physicians could shape the nationwide scientific organization, the biggest and oldest association representing African American medical professionals and sufferers. writer Heather M. Butts recounts the heroic lives and paintings of Washington's African American scientific neighborhood through the Civil War.

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