The Good Doctors: The Medical Committee for Human Rights and the Struggle for Social Justice in Health Care (Google eBook)
The Medical Committee for Human Rights was organized in the summer of 1964 by medical professionals, mostly white and Northern, to provide care and support for Civil Rights activists who were organizing black voters in Mississippi. They left their lives and lucrative private practices to march beside and tend the wounds of demonstrators from Freedom Summer, to the March on Selma, to the Chicago Democratic Convention of 1968. Galvanized, and sometimes radicalized, by their firsthand view of disenfranchised communities, the MCHR soon expanded its mission to encompass a range of causes from poverty to the war in Vietnam, and later took on the whole of the United States healthcare system. The MCHR doctors soon realized that fighting segregation would mean not just caring for white volunteers, but exposing and correcting the shocking inequalities in segregated health care. They pioneered community health plans and brought medical care to underserved, or unserved, areas.
Though education was the most famous battleground for integration, the appaling injustice of segregated health care had equally devastating consequences. Award-winning historian John Dittmer, author of the classic Civil Rights history Local People, has written an insightful and moving account of a group of idealists who put their careers in the service of the belief, stated in their motto, that "Health Care Is a Human Right."
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The Good Doctors is an interesting and well-researched account of the Medical Committee for Human Rights, a group of doctors, nurses, and other health care professionals that played a large yet often ignored role in the civil rights movement of the 1960s. Dittmer does an excellent job portraying the people who played major roles in the organization and the sacrifices they made in order to provide medical services to other activists and bring to light the injustice of segregated health care. For their belief that every human being deserves quality health care regardless of the color of their skin, many left lucrative private practices, were ostracized by many in their professional community, and even faced violence and arrest. This account of the unsung heroes behind the scenes of the civil rights movement is worth reading for anyone who is interested in the movement or health care.
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I was unable to get very far into this book. The civil rights era is of course fascinating to read about, and the book seemed very well researched, but the writing was too academic for this reader ...
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