“Have You Ever Heard of This Thing Called the Lincoln Collective?”: The World of New York City Health Activism in the 1970s
What do you do if you’re a young physician with a growing sense of social justice, and the world looks like it’s in political upheaval around you? In 1970, about two-dozen young physicians asked themselves this very question. They chose to do their internships and residencies at Lincoln Hospital in the South Bronx and called themselves the Lincoln Collective. Merlin Chowkwanyun’s talk discusses the origins of the Collective; its successes and frustrations; and the often tense relationship between its members and revolutionary Third World groups that had also taken an interest in health activism as well.