Thursday, January 21, 2016
Refreshments: 3:30 Program: 4:00 – 5:00
Chapel Hill Public Library, Room B
Free and open to the public
Dr. Damon Tweedy’s book, Black Man in a White Coat: A Doctor’s Reflections on Race and Medicine, is a New York Times bestseller and is on many “top ten” best book lists for 2015. It represents Dr. Tweedy’s passionate and profound memoir of his experience grappling with race, bias, and the unique health problems of black Americans.
Damon Tweedy attended a state college in Maryland because it offered the benefits of a full scholarship and an opportunity to play Division I basketball. He subsequently graduated from Duke Medical School and Yale Law School and has been in medical practice for 15 years. He is an assistant professor of psychiatry at Duke University Medical Center and staff physician at the Durham VA Medical Center. He lives in the Raleigh-Durham area with his family.
The book follows his path from a working-class, church-going, abstinence-preaching family in Maryland to his entry as a medical student on scholarship at Duke where he feels underprepared in comparison to the privileged graduates of schools like Harvard and Yale.
The tone of the book is thoughtful and self-probing. He points out some statistics showing that blacks are more likely than other groups to suffer from heart disease, diabetes, stroke, kidney failure and cancer and his thoughts about what these facts mean in the challenges of everyday life. Damon Tweedy tells moving stories of the patients he meets and their reactions.
Dr. Tweedy has published articles about race and medicine in the Journal of the American Medical Association and the Annals of Internal Medicine as well as columns and opinion pieces in The New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, the Raleigh News & Observer, and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.