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Book and Media Reviews
August 24/31, 2011

Doctors Serving People: Restoring Humanism to Medicine Through Student Community Service

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliation: Department of Family Medicine, Bowen Research Center, Indiana University School of Medicine, Bloomington (diallen@iupui.edu).

JAMA. 2011;306(8):883. doi:10.1001/jama.2011.1214

Doctors Serving People: Restoring Humanism to Medicine Through Student Community Service is one of 12 books comprising the Critical Issues in Health and Medicine series from Rutgers University Press. The series explores contemporary dilemmas of modern medicine, including the political and cultural dimensions of the current health care system.

The book is written by Edward J. Eckenfels, emeritus professor in the Department of Preventive Medicine at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. During his 30 years at Rush, Eckenfels taught and developed programs in social medicine, community health, and medical education. This 216-page book is a story of his vision, courage, and grassroots activism in the city of Chicago. He explains how he sent students out of the medical center and into the poor and disadvantaged areas of Chicago to provide medical services. He had no assigned readings; this was to be true experiential learning. These early experiences led to the development of the Rush Community Services Initiatives Program. This book tells the story of that project's birth, maturation, struggles, and obstacles and likewise is a celebration of its accomplishments and a map to its sustainability.

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