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Black man in a white coat : a doctor's reflections on race and medicine

Author: Damon Tweedy
Publisher: New York : Picador, 2016. ©2015
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : First Picador paperback editionView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Autobiographies
Biography
Named Person: Damon Tweedy; Damon Tweedy
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Damon Tweedy
ISBN: 9781250105042 1250105048
OCLC Number: 930010126
Description: 294 pages ; 21 cm
Contents: People like us --
Baby mamas --
Charity care --
Inner-city blues --
Confronting hate --
When doctors discriminate --
The color of HIV/AIDS --
Matching --
Doing the right thing --
Beyond race.
Responsibility: Damon Tweedy, M.D.

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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. 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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