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The Notorious Dr. Flippin: Abortion and Consequence in the Early Twentieth Centuryby Jamie Q. Tallman
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Book News Annotation:
This interesting history of medicine in the rural midwest in the early twentieth century explores the life and work of Dr. Charles Flippin, an African-American physician who performed abortions for both black and white women. The work chronicles Flippins' role as an egalitarian health care provider in rural communities of Kansas and Nebraska and his eventual conviction for performing illegal abortions in 1924. Several black and white illustrations complement the text. This engaging volume will appeal to historians and general readers with an interest in American history relating to race, gender and public health as well as the history of medicine. Tallman is an independent historian specializing in local Nebraska stories. Annotation ©2012 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
In 1910 a central Nebraska newspaper, the Aurora Sun, printed an editorial condemning a physician it dubbed and#8220;the notorious Dr. Flippin.and#8221; Dr. Charles Flippinand#8217;s reputation came under siege throughout the state as another newspaper editor alleged that the African American physician had committed and#8220;that most despicable of all crimesand#8221;and#8212;illegal abortion.For thirty years rural Kansans and Nebraskans had hailed Flippin as a godsend because of his skill as a physician and his willingness to help anyone regardless of race or social class. Despite performing abortions even for young white women, Flippin managed to avoid conviction in several trials until finally pleading guilty in 1924. Tallman details the doctorand#8217;s extraordinary life and analyzes the forces behind the prosecution of the aging physician. The first book to focus exclusively on attitudes towards abortion in early twentieth-century rural communities, The Notorious Dr. Flippin supplies long overlooked context for current debate and enriches studies of African American, western, womenand#8217;s, and medical history.
About the Author
Jamie Q. Tallman, who specializes in local and regional history, came upon the story of Dr. Charles Flippin while researching Flippinand#8217;s son, George, Nebraskaand#8217;s first African American star football player. He lives in Lincoln, Nebraska.In addition to her extensive teaching and academic publications, Harriet A. Washington has written more than two hundred articles on medicine and science for popular periodicals. She lives in Albany, New York.
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