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Book and Media Reviews
December 5, 2007

White Coat, Clenched Fist: The Political Education of An American Physician

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Book and Media Reviews Section Editor: John L. Zeller, MD, PhD, Contributing Editor.

JAMA. 2007;298(21):2546-2552. doi:10.1001/jama.298.21.2550

Fitzhugh Mullan's memoir, first published 3 decades ago, remains relevant. As students and house staff in the late 1960s and early 1970s, Mullan and his colleagues confronted inequality and injustice in Mississippi, Chicago, and the South Bronx. In August 2007, delegates to the 56th General Assembly of the International Federation of Medical Student Associations urged their colleagues to “become more involved in challenging and addressing the huge inequalities and injustices at the core of global health.”1

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