The Notorious Dr. Flippin: Abortion and Consequence in the Early Twentieth Century

The Notorious Dr Flippin Abortion and Consequence in the Early Twentieth Century In a central Nebraska newspaper the Aurora Sun printed an editorial condemning a physician it dubbed the notorious Dr Flippin Dr Charles Flippin s reputation came under siege throughout the sta

  • Title: The Notorious Dr. Flippin: Abortion and Consequence in the Early Twentieth Century
  • Author: Jamie Q. Tallman Harriet A. Washington
  • ISBN: 9780896726758
  • Page: 197
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In 1910 a central Nebraska newspaper, the Aurora Sun, printed an editorial condemning a physician it dubbed the notorious Dr Flippin Dr Charles Flippin s reputation came under siege throughout the state as another newspaper editor alleged that the African American physician had committed that most despicable of all crimes illegal abortion.For thirty years rural KansIn 1910 a central Nebraska newspaper, the Aurora Sun, printed an editorial condemning a physician it dubbed the notorious Dr Flippin Dr Charles Flippin s reputation came under siege throughout the state as another newspaper editor alleged that the African American physician had committed that most despicable of all crimes illegal abortion.For thirty years rural Kansans and Nebraskans had hailed Flippin as a godsend because of his skill as a physician and his willingness to help anyone regardless of race or social class Despite performing abortions even for young white women, Flippin managed to avoid conviction in several trials until finally pleading guilty in 1924 Tallman details the doctor s extraordinary life and analyzes the forces behind the prosecution of the aging physician The first book to focus exclusively on attitudes towards abortion in early twentieth century rural communities, The Notorious Dr Flippin supplies long overlooked context for current debate and enriches studies of African American, western, women s, and medical history.

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    1. A very well researched and well-written book about an illegal abortionist who practiced for decades and killed 5 women, and the struggle to convict him of a crime. I learned a lot about abortion in the early 20th century, and was left shocked at how this doctor was able to practice for so long and kill so many women without being locked up. He was never sentenced to jail and got out of many charges, despite the body count, and practiced "medicine" up until his death in his 80s (though he did los [...]

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