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    Dr. James Still was a physician in the Pine Barrens of NJ. The son of slaves, he was born in New Jersey in 1812. Known as the "black doctor" of the pinelands, early New Jersey settlers came from miles around to be treated by Dr. Still. With only three months of traditional schooling, he was a self-taught doctor, using money he earned from working in a glue factory to buy books on medical botany. He also penned an autobiography in 1877. He died in 1882.

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