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At noon on Wednesday, September 19, as part of the department’s History Is Lunch series, Dr. Rick deShazo will discuss the new book he edited, The Racial Divide in American Medicine: Black Physicians and the Struggle for Justice in Health Care.

The struggle for equity in health care by African Americans in Mississippi and the United States is chronicled in the work. Dr. deShazo and contributors trace the evolution from a system of slave hospitals in Mississippi, through Reconstruction, Jim Crow, and forward, linking current health disparities to the nation’s history of separation and neglect.

The book also tells the story of a group of African American physicians who fought to desegregate medicine. Dr. T. R. M. Howard’s private investigation of the Emmett Till murder helped trigger the civil rights movement, and other black physicians risked their lives and livelihoods to care for white civil rights workers in Mississippi.

DeShazo's introduction and the essays address ongoing isolation and distrust among black and white colleagues. “My contributors and I hope this book will stimulate dialogue, with the ultimate goal of improving disparities in health and health care and addressing long-standing injustices in our country,” said deShazo.

The book includes contributions by John Dittmer, Keydron K. Guinn, Lucius M. Lampton, Wilson F. Minor, Rosemary Moak, Sara B. Parker, Wayne J. Riley, Leigh Baldwin Skipworth, Robert Smith, and former Mississippi governor William F. Winter.

Richard D. deShazo, MD, MACP, lives in Birmingham. He has recently retired as professor of medicine and pediatrics and Billy S. Guyton Distinguished Professor at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson. A prolific medical author and co-producer for health programming and documentaries for Mississippi Public Broadcasting, deShazo .

The program will take place in the Craig H. Neilsen Auditorium at the Two Mississippi Museums—the Museum of Mississippi History and Mississippi Civil Rights Museum—located at 222 North Street, Jackson, MS 39201. There is no charge to attend. Copies of the book will be for sale. For more information call 601-576-6998 or email


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