The role of African Americans as health care providers in the history of medicine is a story often overlooked. Yet, as physicians, healers, midwives, or “root doctors,” African Americans have always practiced medicine. Early black physicians not only became skilled practitioners, but also educators and trailblazers, paving the way for future physicians, surgeons and nurses and opening doors to better health care for African American communities.
A traveling exhibition developed and produced by the National Library of Medicine and The Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture, Opening Doors: Contemporary African American Academic Surgeons, recognizes the achievements of these pioneers by examining this long tradition and highlighting contemporary surgeons and educators who exemplify excellence in their fields.
Opening Doors will be on display at the Library of the Health Sciences-Chicago from June 25-August 3, 2018. For more information, call (312) 996-8977.