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Black Healthcare and History: A Reading List

The following is a reading list from the recent Plants of Black American Diaspora presentation from Shelagh Brown, BSc, MSAOM. Most of the materials are available to request from the Library.


Medical Apartheid, Harriet Washington / Get it from OCOM

The New Jim Crow, Michelle Alexander / Get it from OCOM

Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome, Joy Degruy / Get it from OCOM  |  10 Week Course ($)

Every book by Catrice Jackson and her 30 day training for White women / 30-Day Crash Course ($)

How Capitalism Underdeveloped Black America: Problems in Race, Political Economy, and Society, Manning Marable / Get it from OCOM (ILL)

Black and blue-the origins and consequences of medical racism, John Hoberman / Get it from OCOM

Unapologetic: a queer black feminist mandate, Charlene Carruthers / Get it from OCOM (ILL)

The cohambee collective statement / Read Online

In the Shadow of Slavery: Africa’s Botanical Legacy in the Atlantic World / Not Available — Suggest a Library Purchase

Plants and Empire: Colonial Bioprospecting in the Atlantic World, Scheibinger / Not Available — Suggest a Library Purchase

Medical Revolutionaries: the Enslaved Healers of 18th century Saint Domingue, Weaver / Get it from OCOM

Rooted in the Earth: Reclaiming the African American Environmental Heritage, Glave / Read Online

Secret Doctors: Ethnomedicine of African Americans, Fontenot / Not Available — Suggest a Library Purchase

Working the Root: Over 400 years of Traditional African American Healing, Lee / Get it from OCOM

Birthing a Slave: Motherhood and Medicine in the Antebellum South, Schwartz / Get it from OCOM

African American Home Remedies: A Practical Guide with Usage Application Data, Boyd & Shimp / Get it from OCOM (ILL)

African American Folk Healing, Mitchem / Get it from OCOM

African American Slave Medicine: Herbal and non Herbal Treatment, Covey / Get it from OCOM

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, Skloot (should be noted there has been much development since this book was published) / Get it from OCOM

Hole in the Head: a Life Revealed / Get it from OCOM (ILL)  |  Website

Health for the Revolution: the Black Panthers Impact on Modern Healthcare Delivery / Read Online

Dope is Death (film) / Website

Fearing the Black Body: The Racial Origins of Fat Phobia / Get it from OCOM

Braiding Sweetgrass, Robin Wall Kimmemer / Get it from OCOM  /  Audiobook

Gathering Moss, Robin Wall Kimmemer / Get it from OCOM

Remedios: The Healing Life of Eva Castellanoz, Mulcahey / Not Available — Suggest a Library Purchase

Culturally Specific Treatment: A Model for the Treatment of African-American Clients, Hattie Wash. Psy.D. / Get it from OCOM

History of Midwifery in New Mexico: Partnership Between Curandera-parteras and the New Mexico Department of Health, Felina Mychelle Ortiz, CNM, MSN / Get it from OCOM (ILL)

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