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Product Details

  • Paperback: 362 pages
  • Publisher: Pond View Press; 1st edition (August 8, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0979206006
  • ISBN-13: 978-0979206009
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 6.4 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #956,824 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A deeply engrossing and alarming story. Edelin has a gift for narrative that gives his book the flavor of a good novel. --New England Journal of Medicine, 358;8, February 21, 2008

An important piece of Boston and abortion rights history as well as a moving memoir [and] gripping account of those tumultuous times…a courtroom thriller. --Jan Gardner, The Boston Globe

About the Author

Dr. Kenneth C. Edelin received his undergraduate education at Columbia University in New York City, and his medical degree from Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee. After a tour of duty in the United States Air Force, he received his specialty training in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Boston City Hospital, and became the first African American to become Chief Resident in the history of the department. Five years after completing his residency, Dr. Edelin became Chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM), a position he held until1989. He was Associate Dean of Students and Minority Affairs at BUSM from 1989 until his retirement in 2006. Currently he is Emeritus Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Boston University.From 1989 to 1992 he was the Chairman of the Board of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, the largest private family planning agency in the country, with over 900 family planning clinics nationwide. Dr. Edelin was Chairman of the Committee on Health Care for Underserved Women of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and a member of the Committee on Ethics and Discipline of the Massachusetts Medical Society. He is a member of the National Board of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. He is a member of Alpha Omega Alpha -the Honor Medical Society, and has been listed in Who s Who in America, Who s Who Among Black Americans and Who s Who in the World. He has received the Good Guy Award from the National Women s Political Caucus, the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Medical Association and was named One of America s Leading Black Doctors by Black Enterprise Magazine.

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It's a very interesting story.
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Aside from being an amazing story, told in an emotionally-stirring fashion, this book truly has an impact on the reader.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Corinne Edelin on January 28, 2008
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Broken Justice captures its reader's attention from the very first page. This book is not only a story of a young Black doctor fighting for his rights in racist Boston, but fighting for the rights of all Women, in Boston and through out this country. It is hard at times to turn the page because of the injustice that keeps emerging on each page, but at the same time it is hard not to keep going so as to find out how this young doctor continued to survive through this treacherous time in his life, because the book grips you and forces you to continue.

This book is a must read for people of all ages, genders and races. If we are to unite as a country, it is pertinent for all of us to understand everyone's struggle. Dr. Edelin fought for himself, but more importantly he selflessly fought for others. And 30 plus years after his trial he still fights and believes in the same rights as he did then. Thank you for giving this book to us!
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Robin Mansfield on September 27, 2007
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Charged with manslaughter by a conniving district attorney for the death of a fetus during a legal abortion, Dr. Ken Edelin went on trial for what was considered a test case for the future of women's rights. Edelin sketches the circumstances of the case splendidly, creating a page-turning courtroom drama that would make Grisham proud. This is an excellent read for all interested in civil and reproductive rights.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Tenny Mickey on November 30, 2007
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Not only does this exciting book detail the challenges faced by a highly courageous African American medical doctor, it demonstrates, regardless of how hard, if one stands by his/her beliefs and principles, one will prevail. This book is extremely well written, evocative, sad, thrilling, fair and encouraging! A great story that should be read by all!! We remember those days in BOSTON!!! Hooray for Dr. Edelin for telling his story! Well done!!

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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Richard M. on May 19, 2008
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I have met Dr Edelin in 1975 and have known him during the post trial years. His motivation for the work he has done is nothing but honorable .. a man following his beliefs for the good and welfare of people. This book demonstrates, once again, the broken legal system, with all of its prejudice in a very polarized city,not unlike many tainted trials. In Ken's instance, it is shameful of our legal system to have put this esteemed and caring doctor through the ringer for selfish and biased reasons. Once I began this book, I couldn't put it down.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ranah on January 27, 2008
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I have known Dr. Edelin for a number of years and always have found him to be an engaging speaker and a great storyteller. This book did not disappoint. It is amazing to imagine one person going through what he went through....the turn of events was such that I couldn't believe that it was a non-fiction book!

This is an important book on the subject of Roe vs Wade and the parallels to a John Grisham novel in describing the court room scenes are accurate. I felt the energy of the 70's and his experiences as a young man faced with such a frightening indictment. Where it differs from John Grisham novels that I have read is that this was the first book I had where someone had gone in-depth into the medical profession and explained it in a way that made sense to a non-doctor. He makes the medical world accessible and interesting in the same way that Grisham and Turow have made the legal world accessible and interesting.

Overall this is a great read and one that I have already recommended to many others.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kim Langley on July 17, 2008
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I was a pediatric resident when Dr. Edelin was there and also knew the resident who accused him, who was a real piece of work. Loved the book!
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Cynthia Bauman on November 28, 2007
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This book should be read by anyone who is interested in having Roe v Wade preserved and strengthened. Although the court case happened over 30 years ago (after Roe v Wade was made law), many states have made doctors afraid to do abortions. "Broken Justice" is not only an important story; but also a very interesting one.
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I had lived in Boston for two years after attending college in Worcester, and left shortly before the conflict over busing broke out. We all knew what was coming. I frequently visited Boston in the next few years, both to visit friends and to participate in conferences and demonstrations defending school desegregation. The Edelin case broke out in 1974 in the midst of extreme polarization in Boston. I had also always been a supporter of abortion rights, and had taken part in the August 26, 1970 women's rights march of more than 20,000, which included abortion rights as one of its demands. I was at many other marches for the ERA and abortion rights. But I didn't know about this book until I read the obituary in The Militant (pasted below).

This is a wonderful and inspiring book, and a very relevant one because abortion rights are still under attack. Edelin was convicted by an all white jury with only three women on it (the limit to the number of women was institutionalized and legal at the time). While the book gives all the facts, it's also a very personal and honest book, not sparing his own shortcomings. Speaking to the press after his conviction he said in part: "For those who are trying to find a hero or martyr in this case, let me tell you that the heroes and martyrs are the women who, before January 22, 1973 [the date of the Supreme Court decision on Roe v. Wade], put their lives on the line. I just hope that this decision today will not throw us back to where women once again have to risk their lives and their hopes." He should have added all those licensed doctors who risked their freedom and their careers performing illegal abortions. Edelin didn't want to be a hero, but he rose to the task.
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