PROVIDENCE, R.I. – We're taking a moment this Martin Luther King Jr Day to look at what life was like for black doctors in Rhode Island before the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
We have a glimpse of that life thanks to Dr. Carl Gross, a Providence physician who meticulously cataloged pieces of information his father saved from the late 1800's well into the 1950's.
Dr.Gross practiced on the eastside of Providence from 1913 to 1971. His catalog, banged out on a typewriter and lightly edited, make up the booklet, "Notes on the Negro in Rhode Island Medicine." It's a list of physicians, nurses and pharmacists who lived and practiced in the state. Historian Ray Rickman helped publish the booklet, and researched the family Dr. Gross came from.
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