White Coat, Clenched Fist: The Political Education of an American Physician

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University of Michigan Press, 2006 - Biography & Autobiography - 222 pages
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In the sixties, Fitzhugh Mullan was an activist in the civil rights struggle. While in medical school, Mullan was shocked by gaps in what the students learned, and the lack of humanity in the classroom. Later, Dr. Mullan was outraged at the conditions he discovered when he began to practice. He helped found the Student Health Organization, organized the Controversial Medical Collective at Lincoln Hospital in the Bronx, and struggled to offer improved medical care to those who needed it most and could afford it least.

This landmark book charts the state of medical school and practices in the 1960s and 70s. This new edition is updated with a preface in which Dr. Mullan reflects on the changes in the medical field over the last thirty-plus years.

Fitzhugh Mullan is Murdock Head Professor of Medicine and Health Policy at George Washington University. He worked at the U.S. Public Health Service where he attained the rank of Assistant Surgeon General (1991-1996). Dr. Mullan is the co-founder of the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship and the author of numerous books, including Plagues and Politics: The Story of the United States Public Health Service, and his most recent book, Narrative Matters: The Power of the Personal Essay in Health Policy.

 

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Contents

Mississippi Nightwatch
3
Student of the Body Captive of the System
20
Politics and Medicine
41
Slave to the Page Operator
68
The Lincoln Project
91
The Butcher Shop
110
Seize the Hospital to Serve the People
139
Collectivism
152
After the Fall
176
Philosopherkings or Workers
189
My Butcher Doesnt Believe Im a Doctor
213
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