Tag Archives: Black Americans

Of lice and men

Howard Fischer Uppsala, Sweden   Head louse clinging onto strands of human hair. Scanning electron micrograph by Kevin Mackenzie. Wellcome Collection. CC BY 4.0. “By consistently tormenting them / with reminders of the lice in their children’s hair, the / School Physician first brought their hatred down on him / But by this familiarity they […]

Dr. Marilyn Gaston’s lifesaving research

Howard Fischer Uppsala, Sweden   Sickle cell anemia. Illustration by BruceBlaus on Wikimedia. CC BY-SA 4.0. “[W]e can seize the opportunity to honor the too-often-neglected accomplishments of [B]lack Americans in every endeavor throughout our history.”1 – President Gerald Ford, 1976   Marilyn Gaston, MD (b. 1939), grew up in a poor family, with both parents […]