"I highly recommend this book. No other source offers the breadth and perspective of the plight of African Americans and others from access to medical school through entry into practice, and the successes of Affirmative Action in rectifying it. Magnificent, well written, well researched."
—James E. Bowman, MD, FASCP, FCAP, Professor Emeritus, University of Chicago, and Senior Scholar for the MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics.
"This interesting book is a rare combination of riveting personal reflections, previously unpublished data, and heartfelt philosophical declarations by a man who has not only lived through but has also contributed significantly to hone of the most important social transformations in American history. Affirmative Action in Medicine: Improving Health Care for Everyone could not have been published at a more propitious moment as our country grapples with the legality of a tool that has proven more uniquely effective in rectifying a legacy of flagrant discrimination in access to and advancement within the medical profession."
—Jordan J. Cohen, M.D., President, Association of American Medical Colleges
"James Curtis gives a comprehensive report of thirty years' affirmative action in medicine, with a timely and thoughtful analysis of its implication for education, professional practice, and health care."
—Frank Rhodes, President Emeritus, Cornell University
"Curtis' study finds that minority physicians who graduated from medical schools during the 1970s tend to establish medical practices in relatively low-income minority neighborhoods, bringing severely needed medical resources to previously ignored communities. Nonminority medical graduates are found to establish practices in predominately white middle class communities. This pattern of physicians returning to their communities of origin further supports the need to actively recruit, educate, and train racially and ethnically diverse groups to ensure that underserved communities are given greater access to needed medical services."
—Jack O. Lanier, DrPH, MHA, Virgina Commonwealth University, Medical College of Richmond
"This is arguably the best book that has ever been written on this complex problem. It is a candid, thoughtful, and balanced assessment of the progress of (and assaults on) programs over the past 30 years, following up on Curtis's 1971 review of the same issues. It combines the personal experience, knowledge, and historical perspective of a pioneer who has been directly involved in these struggles for more than 50 years with a meticulously researched and hugely informative presentation of the relevant data. The book includes an important new contribution, which is a study of the medical careers of some 2109 medical school graduates who were members of minority groups and a randomly sampled, approximately equal number of non-minority-group graduates."
—H. Jack Geiger, M.D.
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