My Son, the Doctor
Jews pursued medical careers in numbers far out of proportion to their percentage of the population during the early to mid-20th century. The children of immigrants saw medical school as an especially attractive path to the American dream. Not only were physicians respected by mainstream society, a career in medicine also resonated with the values of the Jewish community.
Explore how medical, dental and pharmacy schools tried to prevent Jews from altering the ethnic composition of the professions by limiting the number of Jews admitted.