Medicine: From Gin to Gastroscope

Since 1933, Chicago's Provident Hospital for Negroes has delivered 3,826 babies without a single true maternal death. This fact, all the more remarkable since the maternal death rate among Negroes is elsewhere very high, was revealed last week by Director John Baldwin West to visiting members of the National Medical Association, who came to celebrate the hospital's 50th anniversary.

No ordinary hospital is Provident. Founded in 1891 by a brilliant young Negro surgeon named Daniel Hale Williams, it was the first institution in the U.S. for training Negro nurses and interns. A number of white industrialists gave money for a frame house...

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