Interview with Quentin Young
QUESTION 3
INTERVIEWER:

So what, what were the ideas coming together that--

QUENTIN YOUNG:

Well, at the time we're speaking of, there was a proliferation of so-called people's clinics, community clinics, not merely in Chicago but in the nation. It was a real movement. And they, they had several characteristics. They were based on indigenous activity. They usually particular communities or constituencies, we had a half a dozen or so. The, the Panthers were among the last to come in, but trading on that other experience and with a rather clear notion of what they wanted. They wanted in their community where their largest number of supporters and members were, they wanted to establish a free clinic, a clinic where people could come for care in a way that they couldn't get elsewhere. I mean, there certainly were other places where these people went for care, but no place that was, so to speak, their own where there was no charges, that was, there was no sliding scale, there was just no charges. And we talked about those considerations. We talked about details like the actual physical plant, what kind of room you'd, more than room, space, it was, in its fullest expression after it was built, a very nice attractive place. It wasn't like so many, kind of jerrybuilt with hand-me-down equipment and ugly appointments. It was, for example, had superb brick layering to replace the kind of storefront it had.