Good Doctors: The Medical Committee for Human Rights and the Struggle for Social Justice in Health Care

John Dittmer (Author)

Product Details

University Press of Mississippi
Publish Date
January 31, 2017
6.14 X 0.76 X 9.21 inches | 1.15 pounds

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About the Author

John Dittmer is author of Black Georgia in the Progressive Era, 1900-1920 and Local People: The Struggle for Civil Rights in Mississippi, which was awarded the Bancroft Prize. He has taught in the history departments at Tougaloo College, Brown University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and DePauw University, where he is professor emeritus.


Civil rights historian Dittmer focuses on one of the lesser-known groups involved in the struggle. . . . Dittmer reveals the motivations of many of the organization's leaders, and he paints a disturbing picture of the shameful treatment of both black doctors and patients in the South. In the early chapters, he writes vividly of the challenges facing civil rights workers and of the brutality--beatings, jailings, killings--inflicted on them. . . . A stark reminder not just of the actions of a group of idealistic activists but of the violence and turmoil of the nation's not-so-distant past.--Kirkus
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
A significant contribution to historical analysis of the 1960s . . . [that's] particularly timely today. Dittmer's satisfying work delivers both historical detail and contextual nuance in an illuminating discussion that fills in a previous gap in the scholarly literature.--American Historical Review