Many physicians consider the care of vulnerable and underserved patients to be an unsatisfying and often frustrating endeavor, but this new book offers an optimistic and evidence-based approach to the care of such patients. The editors define medically vulnerable populations as “those that are wounded by social forces placing them at a disadvantage for their health.” The book serves as an important reminder that many of the issues it raises are relevant to the broader landscape of American health care. The authors elicit the voice of the patient to explain and offer guidance on some of the difficult clinical and societal issues that physicians face in practice, including behavioral change, noncompliance, health literacy, health disparities, and the plight of the hidden poor. The book should become an essential primer for teachers, physicians-in-training, and practicing physicians because it offers important tools for teaching, critical concepts, common pitfalls, core competency concepts, and discussion questions for each chapter. From New England Journal of Medicine

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