DR. James Durham

James Durham, born into slavery in 1762, overcame significant challenges to become one of the earliest black physicians in the United States. As a child, he learned medicine from various owners, excelling in treating throat diseases. After gaining freedom and establishing a medical practice in New Orleans, Durham’s skills earned him recognition and financial success, treating patients from diverse backgrounds.

In 1788, Durham impressed Dr. Benjamin Rush in Philadelphia with his medical expertise, especially in treating diphtheria. Despite facing restrictions in New Orleans for lacking a formal medical degree, Durham continued to make significant contributions during the yellow fever epidemic, saving many lives.

Durham’s story intersects with the abolitionist movement, and he played a role in challenging stereotypes about the intelligence of black individuals. His encounters with Dr. Rush and involvement in abolitionist activities in Philadelphia showcased his impact beyond the medical field.

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