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[WA] Military Medicine-Dr Walter Scott Brown

U.S.A. EXPERIENCE, Vol. II, 1987
Edited By Organ H. Claude Jr., and
Kosiba, M. Margaret

While researching contributions of Africa and the Diaspora to the History of Military Medicine at the Wellcome Library in London, England during the 80's, a new book came to my attention "A CENTURY OF BLACK SURGEONS'. Amongst the outstanding Surgeons in the book is Dr. Walter Scott Brown (1906-1985). Dr. Brown was born in Alabama but later moved to Seattle, Washington to establish a clinic for Plastic and reconstructive Surgery. The Book came to my attention again at the Morehouse School of Medicine Library.

I took a keen interest in the biographical content of Dr. Brown because I was introduced to him as a child. The book briefly described Brown's military duties as a Captain and results of written contacts with Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt about racial segregation and bias in the military. This included a response to an order to report to the "Colored Unit" at Tuskegee Air Base. Dr. Brown was also trained as a flight surgeon but requested permission to transfer to plastic surgery.

The story of Dr. Walter Scott Brown is an excellent resource for young people and those wanting information about discrimination in the military during WWII.

Thank you for the opportunity to comment.

I.M. Spence-Lewis MD

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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