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.