SSRP '15: Mud Creek Medicine

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The members of STLCOP’s Class of 2022 will kick off their formal preparation for careers in pharmacy and health care by reading and responding to Kiran Bhatraju’s award-winning biography Mud Creek Medicine in the 2015 edition of the STLCOP Summer Reading Program (SSRP ’15).  Mud Creek Medicine tells the inspiring story of the activist Eula Hall, who fought to secure decent health care for some of the most impoverished and medically underserved residents of Appalachia, eventually founding the Mud Creek Clinic (now known as the Eula Hall Health Center), whose mission was to serve those who had no other health care options.  Several members of the STLCOP faculty personally and enthusiastically recommended the book for our summer reading program, and the book has also earned plaudits nationwide.  Silas House, NEH Chair of Appalachian Studies at Berea College, says, “Here is the deeply moving story of a true American hero who truly became the good she wanted to see in the world,” adding “[a]ny reader who meets Eula Hall through Kiran Bhatraju’s wonderful book will be the better for having reading it”; Publishers Weekly also praises MCM: “Much of Bhatraju’s well-crafted book reads like a swashbuckling adventure in Appalachia.”

Mud Creek Medicine  

About the Author

Kiran Bhatraju

Eastern Kentucky native Kiran Bhatraju is the son of an immigrant physician from India who worked with Eula Hall at the Mud Creek Clinic and Pikeville Medical Center for two decades.  Kiran began his career working on poverty issues for Congressman John Yarmuth (KY-3) on Capitol Hill, where he first began writing and researching Eula's life.  His writings have appeared in various magazines and newspapers, including the Louisville Courier Journal and Lexington Herald-Leader.  He is the founder and CEO of Arcadia Power, a renewable energy company, and he is working on his second book, an oral history of immigrant physicians throughout the U.S. in the twentieth century.  Kiran lives in Washington, D.C., with his wife, Sara, and will kick off the 2015-16 Liberal Arts Convocations series with a talk about Mud Creek Medicine.