Black Man in a White Coat

  • by Damon Tweedy
  • Narrated by Corey Allen
  • 8 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

One doctor's passionate and profound memoir of his experience grappling with racial identity, bias, and the unique health problems of black Americans.
When Damon Tweedy first enters the halls of Duke University Medical School on a full scholarship, 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. When one of his first professors mistakes him for a maintenance worker, it is a moment that crystallizes the challenges he will face throughout his early career. Making matters worse, in lecture after lecture the common refrain for numerous diseases resounds: "more common in blacks than whites."
In riveting, honest prose, 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 elements take on greater meaning when Tweedy finds himself diagnosed with a chronic disease far more common among black people. In this powerful, moving, and compassionate book, Tweedy deftly 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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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Absolutely eye opening!

Thank you Dr. Tweedy for sharing your story. You gave voice to the conflicted experience that I, as an African American women with a PhD. grapple with daily!
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- Kelene

Wonderful Insights

This author provided a valuable point of view towards doctors and race. He left me with many things to ponder as a patient of color and I trust the those in the medical field will be left with insight as well.
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- Vivian Johnson

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-08-2015
  • Publisher: Recorded Books