Item #4966 Statement of Dr. W. Montague Cobb, Representing the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People in Opposition to the Taft Health Bill, S. 545, Sponsored by the American Medical Assn. [caption title]. African Americana, William Montague Cobb.

Statement of Dr. W. Montague Cobb, Representing the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People in Opposition to the Taft Health Bill, S. 545, Sponsored by the American Medical Assn. [caption title]

[N.p., but likely Washington, D.C. 1947]. 5pp. mimeo typescript on legal-sized sheets, stapled four times at top left. One center horizontal fold, minor wear. Very good. Item #4966

A typed document containing the text of a speech delivered by Dr. William Montague Cobb on July 3, 1947 before a subcommittee of the Senate Committee on Labor and Public Welfare, which was holding hearings on health-related bills. The first part of the title reads "Statement of Dr. W. Montague Cobb, Representing the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People" with the second half added in manuscript, presumably by Cobb, and reading: "in Opposition to the Taft Health Bill, S. 545, Sponsored by the American Medical Assn." Dr. Cobb was at the time a professor of anatomy at the medical school at Howard University. He appeared here on behalf of the NAACP as a member of that organization's National Medical Committee. Taft's bill, crafted by the American Medical Association, was part of the AMA's successful effort to prevent passage of National Medical Insurance which would cover most Americans. Understandably, Dr. Cobb argued in favor of "national health legislation" which would "work toward the elimination of the segregated principle as it is now entrenched in all arrangements for medical care as applied to Negroes." He also decries the Taft bill for leaving too much authority to the states which would result in discrimination, talks about the institutional racism within the AMA, speaks about traditional exclusion of "colored physicians" from membership in medical societies, and more. We could locate no other copies of this mimeographed item, which may have been Dr. Cobb's personal copy (as it was acquired from a fellow dealer who acquired a number of items belonging to Cobb).

Price: $550.00