"We must attack the system": The Print Practice of Black "Doctresses"

  title={"We must attack the system": The Print Practice of Black "Doctresses"},
  author={Peter S. Allen},
  journal={Arizona Quarterly: A Journal of American Literature, Culture, and Theory},
  pages={113 - 87}
  • P. Allen
  • Published 4 December 2018
  • Art
  • Arizona Quarterly: A Journal of American Literature, Culture, and Theory
Abstract:The first two African American women to earn medical degrees in the United States—Rebecca Crumpler (1864) and Rebecca Cole (1867)—each published printed material that reveals a burgeoning critical practice from within the medical profession. Their texts perform a Black critical medical humanism, or a practice of critique attuned to the systems (medical and otherwise) that affect individuals' and communities' health. Crumpler's and Cole's critique is especially attentive to structures… 
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