ExhibitionThe Power of Medicine
2. African American doctor representation chart, 1962
Chicago Commission on Human Relations, “Chicago Hospital Staff Appointments to Negro Doctors” chart, 1962
Courtesy National Library of Medicine
In 1956, only nine of the over 50 private hospitals in Chicago allowed African American physicians to practice on their staffs. Leonidas Berry, who was an internationally renowned gastroenterologist, worked with the Chicago Commission on Human Relations to end racially discriminatory practices at Chicago hospitals.