Combining my librairnaship with genealogy, I thought it would be worthwhile to post the fact that the Journal of the National Medical Association is now available online at PubMed Central, a repository of full-text biomedical literature made available by the National Library of Medicine. As stated on their website, the mission of the National Medical Association (NMA) is to “ advance the art and science of medicine for people of African descent through education, advocacy, and health policy to promote health and wellness, eliminate health disparities, and sustain physician viability.”
Their journal has been published since 1909. As stated on a blog post of the Southeastern Atlantic Region of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, the journal “ provides historical insight into the social, medical and public health issues that continue to be of particular concern to African American patients and physicians. It has also served as a venue to challenge disparaging interpretations of African American health history published in other medical and social science journals.”
It can also be beneficial for genealogists if you’ve had family members and people of interest active in the African-American medical fields. A range of information can be found within the pages of the journal, from lectures, articles, and social news such as marriages. Even obituaries are in the journal, such as the obituary of Dr. Daniel Hale Williams, the first black cardiologist and another Meharrian. I even did my duty and added a link to it from his Wikipedia page. Dr. Williams was one of the co-founders of the NMA.
For example, the very first issue has an article by Dr. A.M. Townsend of Meharry Medical College. I’ve blogged about him previously on this blog and even been contacted by one of his descendants. I’ll have to make sure to send this on to him. Townsend’s article is titled “The preservation of pharmacotherapy necessary to medical advance.”
The second issue has an article by another Meharrian, Dr. C.V. Roman, also someone who’s name has appeared on this blog. His article was titled “Woman’s Work” and in an address he gave to the graduating class of nurses at Lamar College in Georgia in 1909.
This collection is definitely worth browsing or searching. If you wish to browse the issues, you may go here, but the best way to search the collection is to go here and enter your search term of interest but add this (include the quotation marks) after your search term in order to restrict to this specific journal: ”Journal of the National Medical Association”[Jour]