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Health care reform has been a contentious political issue in the United States for more than a hundred years. Even after the passage of the Affordable Care Act in 2010, which expanded access to health insurance coverage for millions of people, Americans continue to disagree on whether and how to make quality health care available to all.
From the beginning of the 20th century to today, citizens have made their voices heard in these debates. Health care reform is usually associated with presidents and national leaders, but this exhibition tells the lesser-known story of how movements of ordinary people helped shape the changing American health care system.
Leonidas Berry, M.D. (1902–1995) devoted his life to combating segregation and what are known today as racial disparities in health. Berry was a physician, researcher, and medical innovator. He was well known for his Chicago medical practice and his contributions to gastroenterology and addiction treatment. As an African American, Berry faced discrimination throughout his career, leading him to become a pioneering leader in the fight for equal rights in medical care.
The Leonidas H. Berry Papers, part of the collections at the National Library of Medicine, illustrate many aspects of his life, career, and activism, particularly from the civil rights era.
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