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Recognition in Black History Month

Dr. James McCune Smith was the first African-American to obtain a medical degree in 1837. Born in Manhattan, he graduated from Glasgow University and completed a residency in gynecology, before returning to the United States and opening up a practice in general surgery and medicine. He is also considered the first African- American to be published in a scientific journal and owning a pharmacy. Beyond medicine, he was an abolitionist working with the likes of Frederick Douglass.

Rediscovering the Life and Legacy of James McCune Smith | New-York Historical Society (

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