Summary: The Horrors Of Medical Care For Slaves

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The Horrors of Medical Care for Slaves With slaves ill, physicians let their masters decide what to do instead of the slaves obtaining a say in their treatment. The planters would try to cure slaves themselves, even though they did not have any actual medical education. Since the masters had the authority to declare the slaves’ physicians, slaves could not go to the doctors in their own communities (Smith 1). The African American slaves dealt with a vast amount of pain throughout their lives. Owners of slaves often could not manage the pregnant slaves; therefore, they had to write letters to the Carmichaels, a family of doctors, for further help (“Letters”2-3). Instead of the slaves deciding who treats them and what kind of treatment
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