What We’re Reading

This book was read by Library Director Irene Laube.

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

One doctor’s passionate and profound memoir of his experience grappling with race, bias, and the unique health problems of black Americans. 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. In this powerful, moving, and deeply empathic book, 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. Continue Reading →

Can’t Decide What To Read Next?

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Looking for a book to read over winter break? READsearcher is a new service the Durham Tech Library is offering where we give you personalized book recommendation based on your answers to a few painless questions.

You can find the link on the library homepage under ‘Forms.’ We are excited to offer this new service and look forward to helping all of you find your next book!

Book Club Meeting

Don’t forget to attend the Durham Tech Library Book Club‘s meeting on Thursday, December 3rd. It will be at 3pm in the Schwartz conference room, Building 5. The book we will be discussing is Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel.

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

Station Eleven by
Emily St. John Mandel

Haven’t read it? It’s not too late! The library still has a copy reserved behind the circulation desk for you to check out.

Can’t finish it on time? Come anyway, we’d still love for you to join us!

December’s New Books

Check out these books to read over winter break!

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