W. Montague Cobb: Physician, Anthropologist, Civil Rights Leader
Objective: Students will understand the role of Dr. Cobb in the use of medical anthropology and activism in shaping medical civil rights at the federal level.
Justification: Under the tutelage of Louis Wright and through his two reports “Medical Care and the Plight of the Negro” and “Progress and Portents for the Negro in Medicine,” Cobb represents one of the most influential figures in the integration of the American healthcare field.
•What was Cobb’s greatest legacy to healthcare integration and how did it manifest in a policy setting?
•To what extent did Louis T. Wright influence Cobb’s career as an advocate and political actor?
•Describe how Cobb’s work in medical anthropology and race began to change Americans’ perceptions of race science.