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Co-conspirator for JusticeThe Revolutionary Life of Dr. Alan Berkman$
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Susan M. Reverby

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781469656250

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469656250.001.0001

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Political Medicine

Political Medicine

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Co-conspirator for Justice

Susan M. Reverby

University of North Carolina Press

Berkman’s high standing in medical school got in a prestigious internship at Columbia. But the extra care given to his white upper-class patients versus the poor he saw in the clinics tugged at his sense of justice as he saw the consequences of unequal treatment. After the state’s vicious retaking of the Attica Prison after a prisoner uprising, Berkman evaluated the medical conditions of the prisoners. He quit after the first year of internship and became instead a community doctor. With Barbara Zeller, he snuck medical supplies into the American Indian Movement stalwarts during the siege at Wounded Knee, escaping FBI surveillance. His intellectual commitment to politics now had a deeper emotional tone.

Keywords:   Attica Uprising, Wounded Knee, American Indian Movement, Unequal treatment, Community doctor

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