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College of Physicians of Philadelphia

Twice as Hard — Book Talk

Book Launch & Signing

Portrait of Jasmine Brown smiling against a blue background.
Portrait of Jasmine Brown smiling against a blue background.

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5:30pm - 7:30pm

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Past Event

Join U Penn medical student and debut author Jasmine Brown in conversation with College of Physicians Fellow Dr. Kamilah Jackson as they discuss Brown's book Twice as Hard: The Stories of Black Women Who Fought to Become Physicians, from the Civil War to the Twenty-First Century.



About the Book:

Selected as one of , “Twice as Hard is a brilliant exploration about the work of several Black women and their vast contributions to medicine.” In Twice as Hard Brown establishes a lineage of Black women doctors whose accomplishments are undeniably important and deeply contemporary. As she profiles each woman ranging from Dr. Rebecca Lee Crumpler, who graduated fourteen months after the Emancipation Proclamation was signed and provided medical care for the newly freed slaves to present day leaders, Brown’s own experiences are interwoven in these intimate histories.  


About Jasmine Brown:

Jasmine Brown is a medical student at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. She completed an MPhil in the history of science, medicine, and technology at the University of Oxford on a Rhodes Scholarship. As an undergraduate at Washington University in St. Louis, she founded the Minority Association of Rising Scientists and served as its president, working to increase the number of underrepresented minorities in science and medicine.

About Dr. Kamilah Jackson:

Dr. Jackson is a double board-certified Adult, Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, Public Health Practitioner and life-long learner. She is the CEO and Founder of Talawa International Consultants, a full-service direct service practice delivering individual and system level care and consultation. Dr. Jackson was named a Distinguished Fellow of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) in Fall 2019, the same year she was Inducted into the Fellowship of the College of Physicians (in Spring 2019). In 2023 she was named Top Doc in Pennsylvania by Pennsylvania Magazine, where she will also be a featured Psychiatrist in the upcoming magazine print publication. Dr. Jackson has had the privilege of training in the top institutions in the country since College- at Yale University, Medical School- At Columbia University/Roy Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons, Adult Psychiatry Training- at Emory University School of Medicine, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship- at Yale School of Medicine’s- Yale Child Study Center and Minority Health Policy Fellowship at Harvard Medical School, where she was also an Instructor and obtained a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree. Her greatest teachers have been her family and the patients and systems (city, state, national and international) who have entrusted her with their care.


Event Schedule:

5:30 - 6:00 PM: Museum Access

6:00 - 7:00 PM: Book Talk

7:00 PM: Book Signing and Meet & Greet


Interested in purchasing your copy of Twice as Hard: The Stories of Black Women Who Fought to Become Physicians, from the Civil War to the Twenty-First Century ?

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