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Interview: David Satcher Takes Stock

Mullan, Fitzhugh (2002) Interview: David Satcher Takes Stock. Health Affairs, 21 (6). pp. 154-161.

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Fitzhugh Mullan: Tell me about where you grew up and how you got into medicine. David Satcher: I was born and reared outside of Anniston, Alabama, on a small farm. More than anything else, my family’s experience with health care, or the lack of it, led me to a medical career. My mother had nine pregnancies and, as far as I know, never saw a physician. Her babies were delivered at home by a midwife—not a nurse-midwife, but a midwife who had been trained by her mother, who had been trained by hers. At the age of two I came down with whooping cough, which became pneumonia. Dr. Jackson, the black physician who came out to the farm to treat me, died when I was very young, but by the time I was six years old I was telling everybody I wanted to be a doctor like him.

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Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This article is available at the publisher’s Web site. Access to the full text is subject to the publisher’s access restrictions.
Uncontrolled Keywords: David Satcher, US surgeon general, health disparities, public health
Subjects: Practice
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Depositing User: Kismet Loftin-Bell
Date Deposited: 18 Oct 2005
Last Modified: 05 Jul 2011 11:51
Link to this item (URI): http://health-equity.lib.umd.edu/id/eprint/285

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