Crooked Path Made Straight

06/25/2013 | American Journal of Medicine, The

In 1945, a wave of GI Bill-supported African-American students qualified for admission to medical schools, returned from their service in World War II. The possibility that their acceptance would integrate all-white medical schools was a problem for the Southern governors, who responded with a carefully considered plan to shunt these African-American applicants to historically black medical colleges. This is an untold story of American medicine and its connection to our present shortage of African-American physicians in the South.

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