Early is his fascinating new memoir, Black Man in a White Coat, psychiatrist Damon Tweedy forces readers to confront an important lesson he learned as a first-year medical student: Being black can be bad for your health.

The author is an anxious, insecure, self-described beneficiary of affirmative action who begins his medical career at Duke on a sour note: in between lectures, a professor assumes our narrator is a repairman and asks him to fix the lights. In an instant, what little confidence Tweedy possesses evaporates.

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