Medicine: Harlem Shuffle

The first U.S. voluntary hospital† to take both white and Negro physicians has succeeded "beyond expectation.'' This announcement about Harlem's Sydenham Hospital was made last week by Trustee Harry C. Oppenheimer.

When Sydenham began in a Harlem brownstone house in 1892, most of its ward patients were (as they still are) Negroes. But, like the rest of New York City's voluntary hospitals, Sydenham took no Negro doctors. Twenty years ago, the hospital moved to a fine new 200-bed building. White patients filled the private and semiprivate rooms. The utility staff was mixed, and...

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