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The Notorious Dr. Flippin: Abortion and Consequence in the Early Twentieth Century
In 1910 a central Nebraska newspaper, the Aurora Sun, printed an editorial condemning a physician it dubbed “the notorious Dr. Flippin.” Dr. Charles Flippin’s reputation came under siege throughout the state as another newspaper editor alleged that the African American physician had committed “that most despicable of all crimes”—illegal abortion.For thirty years rural Kans ...more
Hardcover, 228 pages
Published March 15th 2011 by Texas Tech University Press
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A very well researched and well-written book about an illegal abortionist who practiced for decades and killed 5 women, and the struggle to convict him of a crime. I learned a lot about abortion in the early 20th century, and was left shocked at how this doctor was able to practice for so long and kill so many women without being locked up. He was never sentenced to jail and got out of many charges, despite the body count, and practiced "medicine" up until his death in his 80s (though he did los ...more