DOCTORS FOR THE PEOPLE: Profiles of Six who Serve by Elizabeth & Mara Miller Levy

DOCTORS FOR THE PEOPLE: Profiles of Six who Serve

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KIRKUS REVIEW

The last (and least interesting) of Levy and Miller's six interviews is with three psychiatrists who talk about The Door, a free multi-service teen center in New York City; the other five doctors tell their own stories, all in the easy informal manner in which they deal with patients, and we get to know them a lot better. Liveliest is Dorothy Brown, a black surgeon in the South who tells how men patients first resisted her and how she lost her seat on the Tennessee legislature by advocating legalized abortion in very limited circumstances. Sheldon Rosen, who had to deal with his own hostility toward his poor patients during his grueling emergency room residency, ran a UFW clinic but quit because he felt Chavez put organizing the workers before optimal care. There is also a deeply involved South Bronx resident, a feminist gynecologist in private practice, and even a research geneticist who's established unusual rapport with his Amish patients and their families. All are committed to their work and especially to their patients; all make rousing role models, to stand next to Levy's Lawyers for the People (1974).

Pub Date: Oct. 24th, 1977
Publisher: Knopf