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Black Man in a White Coat: A Doctor's Reflections on Race and Medicine

Author: Tweedy, Damon

Publisher: Picador

Format:Hardcover
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Black Man in a White Coat: A Doctor's Reflections on Race and Medicine : One doctor's passionate and profound memoir of his experience grappling with race, bias, and the unique health problems of black AmericansWhen 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.


Category   Subject
Social Science   Discrimination & Racism
Social Science   Ethnic Studies - African American Studies
Medical   General

ISBN 13:9781250044631
ISBN 10:1250044634
Format:Hardcover
Language:English
Pages:294
Size:9.50" l x 6.50" w x 1.00" h
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