From TB to AIDS

Epidemics among Urban Blacks since 1900

By David McBride

Subjects: African American Studies
Series: SUNY series in African American Studies
Paperback : 9780791405291, 244 pages, July 1991

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Table of contents



Introduction: Opening the Historical Path

Part I. Discovering the Black Health Crisis

1. The Southern Negro Problem and the Origins of Sociomedical Racialism

2. The Turn Toward Scientific Epidemiology: Black Migrations, Worls War I, and the New Clinical Order

3. Medicine's First Line of Defense: Building the Black Public Health Sector in the 1920s

Part II. Federal Missions, Racial Realities

4. The Nation-State Confronts the Black Health Crisis: Depressions Through New Deal

5. The Black Health Paradigm Solidifies: From World War II to Pharmacological Revolution

6. Health Care Delivery and a People Divided: Facing the AIDS Epidemic

Appendix: Membership List of the Conference with Negro Leaders/American Social Hygiene Association, 1943




David McBride is Professor of African-American History and Head of the African and African-American Studies Department at Pennsylvania State University. He is the author of Integrating the City of Medicine: Blacks in Philadelphia Health Care, 1910-1965.


"There are three things which stand out about this book: first is its breadth — this book is noteworthy as the first major attempt to write a comprehensive social history of twentieth-century American medicine and public health as they relate to the African American community. Second is the author's extensive use of previously untapped documents and archives. Finally, the book is rich in detail.

"Without doubt this book will be one of the most talked-about books of the 1990s. The author's dual thesis is a direct challenge to traditional interpretations of American medicine, public health, and the African American health experience. It demonstrates convincingly that the current AIDS crisis in the African American community is symptomatic of much broader and more serious systemic problems in American medical science, medicine, and the nation's health care delivery system. And although the author may not realize it, his book serves as a case study of Thomas Kuhn's Structure of Scientific Revolutions, as it applies to the medical science community. " — Monroe H. Little, Indiana University, Indianapolis