Eva Salber

Using the lessons she learned as a doctor in South Africa, Eva Salber worked with poor populations in Massachusetts and North Carolina to improve public health and empower community leaders. Salber earned a medical degree from the University of Cape Town in 1938, as well as a degree in public health in 1945, and a doctorate in medicine in 1955. While there, she helped establish community health centers in the wake of WWII, but left in 1956 due to her opposition to apartheid. She then taught at the Harvard School of Public Health from 1957–1966 while working with a housing project in Boston, and at Duke University from 1971–1982 while working with the rural poor in North Carolina. In each of these communities, she operated from her sense that health involved factors beyond medicine, such as safety, social ties, and other elements. She published three books, Caring and Curing: Community Participation in Health Services, Don’t Send Me Flowers When I’m Dead: Voices of Rural Elderly, and The Mind Is Not the Heart: Recollections of a Woman Physician.


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Date of Birth

Cape Town
South Africa

Date of Death
Doctor, Professor, Writer, Activist

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Eva Salber." (Viewed on June 13, 2021) <https://jwa.org/people/salber-eva>.


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