Dr. James Jackson paced the entire footprint of Miami in less than an hour when he arrived in 1896. Unimpressed, he determined to leave. But as luck would have it no return boat was at the wharf. By the time the first train chugged into town a few weeks later, Dr. Jackson had decided to stay. And stay he did.
Dr. Jackson became the official physician for the luxurious Royal Palm Hotel and tended to Miami patients for the next 28 years. Rich or poor, black or white, he treated them all the same: with kindness and with dignity. This is the story of Miami’s beloved first doctor.
Dr. James M. Jackson: Miami’s Beloved First Doctor, by Karen Dustman (Clairitage Press 2011).
34 pages and over 40 illustrations