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A First, for Integration

A First, for Integration

Kudos to Richard Reynolds for his nice Second Opinion and for his role in integrating the Osler Medical Service (“A Momentous Night,” Winter). It is of note that most inpatient units were desegregated by 1960 with the exception of Psychiatry which, in 1968, was the last unit to desegregate. It was a different story for Pediatrics. Under John Howland (1912–1926), the Harriet Lane Home was segregated, but when Edwards Park became pediatrician-in-chief in 1927, one of his first decisions was to desegregate Harriet Lane, making it the first fully integrated inpatient unit at Hopkins.

Beryl Rosenstein, M.D.

Professor Emeritus, Pediatrics

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