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


Black Man in a White Coat is a very honest and eye opening account of  Tweedy’s personal experiences as a black man working as a medical doctor.  He includes various accounts based on his own personal experiences as a patient and those of his patients as well.  These stories are insightful, well rounded and are adequately used to buttress his points.

This is not a book about race but about various factors that cause inequality and disparities in healthcare treatment of black people.  The author does not blame anyone entity but distributes blame equally both to poverty, the individuals’ poor choices and institutional prejudice and discrimination which has so pervaded our  society. It helps that the author offers suggestions that might start discussions on ways the society could possibly work towards healing.

This book will appeal to anyone looking for unbiased documentaries on racial issues and poverty in our society.

About The Author:

Damon Tweedy, MD

DAMON TWEEDY is a graduate of Duke Medical School and Yale Law School. He is an assistant professor of psychiatry at Duke University Medical Center and staff physician at the Durham VA Medical Center. He has published articles about race and medicine in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) and the Annals of Internal Medicine. His columns and op-eds have appeared in the New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, the Raleigh News & Observer, and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He lives outside Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina, with his family. Read more


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