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Health in the CityRace, Poverty, and the Negotiation of Women's Health in New York City, 1915-1930$
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Tanya Hart

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781479867998

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479867998.001.0001

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Birthing in the City

Birthing in the City

Columbus Hill

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(p.138) 5 Birthing in the City
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Health in the City
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Tanya Hart

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NYU Press
DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479867998.003.0006

This chapter recounts the Health Department's decision to start health work in the black section of Columbus Hill. It focuses on the agency's devolution of power to the New York Association for Improving the Condition of the Poor (AICP), which decided to ignore the effects of tuberculosis, pneumonia, enteritis, and other respiratory diseases for infant and maternal syphilis. These AICP health officials ignored respiratory diseases for syphilis because of their acceptance of age-old stereotypes. And while changes in the diagnosis and treatment of syphilis infections were still dependent on the determinations of physicians and the efficacy of laboratories, the existence of multiple sites of maternal health care within the neighborhood made it prime territory for a public health demonstration and the subject of multiple articles on syphilis treatments, which were published in medical journals.

Keywords:   maternal syphilis, respiratory diseases, syphilis infections, maternal health care, syphilis treatments, AICP

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