Black Man in a White Coat
A Doctor's Reflections on Race and Medicine
On Sale: September 8, 2015
Hardcover / e-Book
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One doctor's passionate and profound memoir of his
experience grappling with race, bias, and the unique health
problems of black Americans
When Damon Tweedy begins medical school,he envisions a
bright future where his segregated, working-class background
will become largely irrelevant. Instead, he finds that he
has joined a new world where race is front and center. The
recipient of a scholarship designed to increase black
student enrollment, Tweedy soon meets a professor who
bluntly questions whether he belongs in medical school, a
moment that crystallizes the challenges he will face
throughout his career. Making matters worse, in lecture
after lecture the common refrain for numerous diseases
resounds, "More common in blacks than whites."
Black Man in a White Coat examines the complex ways
in which both black doctors and patients must navigate the
difficult and often contradictory terrain of race and
medicine. As Tweedy transforms from student to practicing
physician, he discovers how often race influences his
encounters with patients. Through their stories, he
illustrates the complex social, cultural, and economic
factors at the root of most health problems in the black
community. These issues take on greater meaning when Tweedy
is himself diagnosed with a chronic disease far more common
among black people. In this powerful, moving, and deeply
empathic book, Tweedy explores the challenges confronting
black doctors, and the disproportionate health burdens
faced by black patients, ultimately seeking a way forward to
better treatment and more compassionate care.
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