The hallowed Smithsonian Institution announced recently that a medical book called the Textbook of Black-Related Diseases was accepted into the National Museum of African American History and Culture for inclusion into its archives. The ground-breaking 800-page book, written by Archon Richard Allen Williams of Gamma Zeta Boule in Pasadena, California, was published by McGraw-Hill Book Company, the world’s largest publisher of scientific texts, in 1975. It is only the second textbook of medicine published by a black physician, the first being “Syphilis and its Treatment” by Harvard professor Dr. William Augustus Hinton in 1936.

Dr. Richard Allen Williams is a Clinical Professor of Medicine and Cardiology at UCLA School of Medicine. He began writing the Textbook of Black-Related Diseases when he was a faculty member at Harvard Medical School and completed it during his later tenure as Assistant Medical Director at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Hospital in Watts, California. The book is the only one of its kind which details the unique medical status of African Americans and emphasizes that healthcare for blacks must be regarded as a subject with special needs which merits attention focused on our particular requirements. It was the forerunner of writings about healthcare disparities, cultural competency, and ethnicity concerns in Medicine.

Archon Williams is proud that his iconic book has become a part of the new “African American Museum” which was the recipient of significant contributions from the Boule during its construction.

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The Minority Health Institute is dedicated to the elimination of racial and ethnic disparities in medicine, the medical workforce, clinical research, health and healthcare.

The Minority Health Institute was founded by Dr. Richard Allen Williams and incorporated in the State of California in 1987. It obtained its 501 (C) 3  not-for-profit status in 1989.

The Minority Health Institute has a twenty-six year track record of development, coordination, and execution of professional and patient educational programs and collaborative partnerships with the nation’s leading academicians, clinicians, researchers, academic medical centers, professional medical societies, government agencies, foundations, community-based organizations and pharmaceutical, biotech and medical device companies.

The Minority Health Institute is the recipient of  plaudits and awards from many national, state, and local government agencies for its efforts to eliminate disparities in medicine and healthcare.