Physician's Record Book [with] Portrait Photograph and RPPC of O. Roy Busch
[Oakland]: Circa 1930s; 1943-44. Includes the following: The Physician's Perfect Call List and Record, Fortieth Edition (Detroit: The Swift Publishing Co, ): 6-1/2 x 4 inches, black pebbled cloth with gilt stamped title and gilt stamped ownership name (misspelled Roy O. Busch), a.e.g., pp of which approx. 20pp have been used, all dated 1943-44 and entirely notes about personal expenses rather than patient information; 3-1/4 x 5-1/2 inch RPPC of Busch in a car with his initials on the side, inscribed by him on the photo itself, slightly worn to edges; 5-1/2 x 3-1/2 inch b&w portrait photo of Busch tipped onto an 11 x 7 inch stiff card backing and housed inside a grey paper portfolio, porfolio splitting at the spine, card backing chipped at one corner and with a nail at the top edge, inscription in pencil on verso. Very Good overall.
A small collection of material pertaining to O. Roy Busch (1886 - 1944), one of only two African American doctors practicing in Oakland and Berkeley by the late 1930s, and who appears to have handled maternity-related care for local African American women. Busch was born in Kansas City, MO, where he also served as a resident physician of City General hospital; he later headed a hospital in Dallas, Texas, before setting up practice in Oakland in 1919. In 1931 he was elected as the state president of the National Medical, Dental and Pharmaceutical Association, an African American organization.