For those of you unfamiliar with Dr. Young, he has been a tireless advocate for single payer health care for over twenty years, but that is just one item on a CV that includes:
– Practicing medicine for over sixty years (he’s recently retired)
– President of the Medical Committee for Human Rights,(physicians who traveled to treat victims of racial violence)during the most tumultuous years of the civil rights movement, 1963-69
– Personal physician for Dr. King when he was in Chicago (Dr. Young was marching alongside Dr. King when attacked in Chicago. Can you think of a better guy to be next to you when you’re hit by a brick?)
– Chair of the Chicago Health Department under Mayor Harold Washington, and personal physician to Studs Terkel, and Mike Royko as well
Doc Young celebrated his 85th birthday this year, and his energy and enthusiasm puts us both to shame. Take it away, Doc!