Sterling A. Brown

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Parish Doctor

Brown, Sterling

Last Updated: Dec-15-1995
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Squier, Harriet

Primary Category: Literature / Poetry

Genre: Poem


An African-American physician from Louisiana provides care to patients whose ideas of traditional healing conflict with those of Western medicine. An observer describes how this Parish Doctor negotiates a compromise between his formal training and the beliefs and expectations of his patients. He accepts their black hens and claims to have "conjuh knowledge" while providing competent care.

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