Medicine: Eliminating the Color Bar

For many of the nation's 7,000 Negro doctors, admission to the American Medical Association (216,000 members) has always been beyond reach. Almost all of the organization's Southern chapters have excluded them by means devious or direct. Black doctors have turned to the 5,600-member National Medical Association, founded in 1895 and now 95% Negro. Another result has been bitterness among black doctors, who are refused the right to practice in full-facility hospitals that require membership in A.M.A.-affiliated county medical societies. Last week the A.M.A. finally faced up to the problem by calling for changes in the association bylaws that would subject any...

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