Everybody In, Nobody OutQuentin Young, MD | 2013
Published by Copernicus Healthcare
Everybody In, Nobody Out offers a rare glimpse inside the mind of Quentin Young, MD, one of the nation's most fearless advocates for a single-payer health system, as we follow him through the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s and his days as the head of Cook County Hospital in Chicago. Throughout it all, Young shows he's never been afraid of questioning authority—without losing his unbridled optimism—in his fight for health care equality.
“The future can be bright, but only if we work to make it so.”— Everybody In, Nobody Out
Quentin Young's memoir provides an informative and exciting path through many of the most important US social movements of our time. Young describes his involvement in Mississippi’s Freedom Summer as a founder of the Medical Committee for Human Rights, as Martin Luther King's personal physician in Chicago, supporting the health clinics of the Black Panther Party, organizing health care at the police riots outside the 1968 Democratic Convention, and testifying before the House Un-American Activities Committee and at the trial of the Chicago 7.
A founder of Physicians for a National Health Program, Young also talks about providing ongoing quality health care to the poor and the long struggle to keep Cook County Hospital open. His arguments in favor of a single-payer health system and against the limitations of "Obamacare" make the book inspiring and timely. An untiring campaigner for health and human rights, Young's story is a narrative of health, social justice, and optimism, all offered with a sense of humor.
Praise for Everybody In, Nobody Out"This book is a chronicle of a truly meaningful life, and contains inspiring lessons for all who aspire to make the world a better place."
— US Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.)
“This book may look like it’s about health care. But it’s so much more than that and Quentin Young is so much more than a doctor who cares. Social justice is about education, housing and solidarity with workers, organizers and activists. It’s about what’s needed to get things done. You will read about how Quentin mobilized people in the professional world to go south, you’ll appreciate what it’s like for people to work for justice together, and you’ll come away realizing how critical it is to be generous of time and spirit.”
— Timuel Black, Emeritus Professor, City Colleges of Chicago and civil rights leader
“A must-read story from one of the nation’s most remarkable physicians; an agitator and health activist, whose lifelong quest for equality inspired a generation of physicians, nurses and public health activists to follow his lead. With his characteristic good humor, Quentin documents his career as a physician fighting discrimination, racism, and separate and unequal health care.”
— David Ansell, Author of County: Life, Death and Politics at Chicago’s Public Hospital