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Emerging during the civil rights struggle in the South in the early 1960s, the Medical Committee for Human Rights (MCHR) suffered from a chronic identity crisis and continuous internal turmoil but still left a significant legacy. First providing support for civil rights workers, the many doctors, nurses, and others who were part of MCHR also challenged the American Medical Association's tolerance of racism in its affiliates, worked to desegregate and bring more equity to health care, and helped give rise to the widespread creation of community health centers. Disagreements over organizational structure and where MCHR's political focus should be led to its gradual dissolution in the 1980s. Dittmer (history, DePauw Univ.; Local People: The Struggle for Civil Rights in Mississippi) uses interviews plus other primary and secondary sources to shed light on an organization that has remained largely unchronicled. Clearly presented and absorbing, this is recommended for public libraries as well as academic and medical libraries with medical history collections.