The Good DoctorsJohn Dittmer | 2010
Published by Bloomsbury Press
The Good Doctors examines the creation, role, activism, and struggles of the Medical Committee for Human Rights, which started as an organization to help civil rights workers in the South during the early 1960s and grew to support civil rights advocates at protests and marches across the country.
“For more than four decades, MCHR alumni have been activists in the struggle to democratize the American health care system.”— The Good Doctors
The Medical Committee for Human Rights was organized in 1964 to support civil rights activists during Mississippi's Freedom Summer. MCHR volunteers exposed racism within the American Medical Association, desegregated southern hospitals, set up free clinics in inner cities, and created the model for the community health center. The organization was an early advocate of single-payer national health insurance.
In The Good Doctors, celebrated historian John Dittmer gives an insightful account of a group of idealists whose message and example are an inspiration to all who believe that health care is a human right.
Praise for The Good Doctors"The Good Doctors should be required reading for every American who views quality health care as a basic human right."
— David Oshinsky, Pulitzer Prize receipt, author of Polio: An American Story
"This book is an historical landmark. Dittmer's chronicle of civil rights health care workers is captivating. All of us need to appreciate these brave pioneers."
— Alvin F. Poussaint, MD, Harvard Medical School
“Deeply researched, brilliantly conceived, beautifully written...a triumph of passionate scholarship and balanced judgement.”
— James H. Jones, author of Bad Blood: The Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment
“The Good Doctors provides an engaging and well-written account of how the medical community became involved in the civil rights movement, not as spectators but on the front lines—in some cases risking their lives to fight against social and political injustice.”
— Journal of the American Medical Association