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Joycelyn Elders, M.D. : From Sharecropper's Daughter to Surgeon General of the United States of America

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Paperback, 368 pages
Published October 1st 1997 by Harper Perennial (first published October 1996)
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Jan 17, 2008 Chrisiant rated it really liked it
One of my favorite genres is memoirs of everyday heroes, and Joycelyn Elders is definitely one of these. I absolutely admire the no-nonsense way she took on her work in public health and refused to soften or alter what she knew to please politicians. What was more remarkable to me than her work as surgeon general was the impressive improvements she made to the state of rural health in Arkansas when she served as Director of that state's Department of Health. She increased immunization rates and ...more
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I'm struggling to figure out how to rate this. For a public health/sexual health nerd-wannabe like me, who loves hearing personal stories about race/class/sexuality- completely fascinating, and I'd give it a 4. For anyone else? Probably a two. This would be a fascinating story to hear, but written it's a bit lackluster and I could see how people would get bored. Dr. Joycelyn Elders is a vastly under appreciated gift to this country.
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Minnie Joycelyn Elders (born Minnie Lee Jones on August 13, 1933) is an American pediatrician and public health administrator. She was a vice admiral in the Public Health Service Commissioned Corps and the first African American appointed as Surgeon General of the United States. Elders is best known for her frank discussion of her views on con
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