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The Young LordsA Radical History$
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Johanna Fernández

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781469653440

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469653440.001.0001

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The Lincoln Offensive

The Lincoln Offensive

Toward a Patient Bill of Rights

(p.271) Chapter Nine The Lincoln Offensive
The Young Lords

Johanna Fernández

University of North Carolina Press

To dramatize deplorable health conditions and the race and class origins of pre-existing conditions, the Young Lords took-over Lincoln Hospital in July 1970. The occupation forced the construction of a modern medical building and creation of one of the Western world’s first acupuncture drug treatment centers. Cited as the first of its kind in American medicine, the group incited a public clinical hearing where a lay audience cross-examined doctors after the death of a Puerto Rican woman, the result of an abortion procedure conducted by an unsupervised medical resident. The Lords organized with non-medical hospital staff in the Health Revolutionary Unity Movement (HRUM) and white radical doctors in the Pediatric Collective under the banner, Think Lincoln. Together they drafted the earliest known Patient Bill of Rights. In the wake of late 60s draconian cuts in social spending, they and others staved off the advent of neoliberal social policies in the late 1970s. Historians interpret sixties revolutionary nationalism as a rejection of coalitions with white Americans. These alliances suggest otherwise. But the Lords challenged power dynamics in cross-racial and cross-class alliances, rejecting uninterrogated racial prejudices and liberal tendencies of middle-class white radicals and the potential for their disproportionate influence in coalitions.

Keywords:   Pre-existing Conditions, Race and Class, Lincoln Hospital, Health Revolutionary Unity Movement, Pediatric Collective, Acupuncture, Radical Doctors, Medical Residents, Patient Bill of Rights, Cuts in Social Spending

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