This book represents the first political history of the federal
government's only experiment in social medicine. Alice Sardell
examines the Neighborhood, or Community Health Center Program
(NHC/CHC) from its origins in 1965 as part of Lyndon Johnson's War
on Poverty campaign up until 1986. The program embodied concepts of
social medicine, community development, and consumer involvement in
health policy decision-making. Sardell views the NHC experiment in
the context of a series of political struggles, beginning in the
1890s, over the boundaries of public and private medicine, and
demonstrates that these health centers so challenged mainstream
medicine that they could only be funded as a program limited to the
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