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"P" is for Palmetto Medical, Dental, and Pharmaceutical Association

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"P" is for Palmetto Medical, Dental, and Pharmaceutical Association. Throughout the 19th century, African-American physicians in South Carolina were barred from hospitals and clinics and they lacked access to many medications and supplies. In 1896, five black physicians formed the Palmetto State Medical Association as a vehicle to improve healthcare for black Carolinians and to graduate more medically trained personnel. Early meetings focused on the advancements of Medical science and efforts to lower black mortality rates. By 1950 the group had changed its name to the Palmetto Medical, Dental, and Pharmaceutical Association; and over the next three decades raised funds to educate talented African-Americans and worked aggressively to promote the desegregation of South Carolina society. At its centennial meeting in 1996 the Palmetto Medical, Dental, and Pharmaceutical Association reaffirmed the goal of its founding members.

Dr. Walter Edgar has two programs on South Carolina Public Radio: Walter Edgar's Journal, and South Carolina from A to Z. Dr. Edgar receivedhisA.B.degreefromDavidson College in 1965 and his Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina in 1969. After two years in the army (including a tour of duty in Vietnam), he returned to USC as a post-doctoral fellow of the National Archives, assigned to the Papers of Henry Laurens.