Episode 7 | FGLI Man in a White Coat (ft. Dr. Damon Tweedy)
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Join your Med Legs cohosts in their latest conversation with Dr. Damon Tweedy. Dr. Tweedy is an associate professor of psychiatry at Duke University School of Medicine and a practicing psychiatrist within the Durham VA Health System. He is well known for his book Black Man in a White Coat and has appeared in the Washington Post, NPR, New York Times, CBS, PBS, among numerous other print, radio, and TV outlets. In this episode, Dr. Tweedy shares memories growing up in a working-class family and reflects on his experiences being both Black and FGLI in the world of medicine. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram @_medlegs and don't forget to subscribe to stay up to date on all our latest episodes!
Damon Tweedy reads and discusses his memoir 'Black Man in a White Coat'
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'Black Man in a White Coat: A Doctor’s Reflections on Race and Medicine,' explores Damon Tweedy’s experience grappling with race, bias and the unique health problems of black Americans. Tweedy, an African American psychiatrist, examines the complex ways in which both black doctors and patients must navigate the difficult and often contradictory terrain of race and medicine. -- “On one level the book is a straightforward memoir; on another it’s a thoughtful, painfully honest, multi-angled, constant self-interrogation about himself and about the health implications of being black.” (The New York Times). -- “Tweedy expertly weaves together statistics, personal anecdotes, and patient stories to explain why 'being black can be bad for your health'... A smart, thought-provoking, frontline look at race and medicine.” (Booklist starred review). -- Damon Tweedy, M.D., 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, and his columns and op-eds have appeared in The New York Times, Chicago Tribune, the Raleigh News and Observer and The Atlanta Journal Constitution.
Dr. Damon Tweedy writes about his own experiences with racism & segregation within the medical field; & how his own health also shaped his training & work in medicine. Black Man in a White Coat looks at the complex social, cultural, & economic factors at the root of most health problems within the black community, & also explores the challenges facing black doctors aiming to provide better care.
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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.