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Thursday, 7 February 2013
BLACK SOCIAL HISTORY : THE FIRST BLACK PHYSICANS IN THE 19TH CENTURY.
The first Black Physician in America, not professionally trained in a medical school was James Derham, born a slave in Philadelphia in 1757, was owned by three Doctors. Doctor Robert Love his owner encourage Derham to practice medicine, working as a medical assistance and apothecary. Derham saved enough money to buy his freedom in 1783 and opened a medical practice in New Orleans. By the age of 26, Derham New Orleans practice earned him over $3000 annually. Derham met Dr Benjamin Rush the father of American Medicine, during a visit to Philadelphia. Rush was impressed with Derham, received respect and admiration from his colleagues and became nationally renowned as a leading specialist in throat disorders and the relationship between climate and diseases. Dr Benjamin Rush said of Derham " I have conversed with him upon most of the modern simple mode of practice on the diseases, I expected to have suggested some new medicines to him but he suggested many more to me".