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NNLM Reading Club

Featured Health Topic: Diversity in Medicine

Three book cover images: Becoming Dr Q, Black Man in a White Coat, Becoming Broken

For the month of October, the NNLM Reading Club recommends three memoirs that explore the personal experiences of physicians of color.

Becoming Dr. Q: My Journey from Migrant Farm Worker to Brain Surgeon by Alfredo Quiñones-Hinojosa, MD, traces the author’s journey from a child in a Mexican village to migrant farmworker in California to brain surgeon and researcher. Black Man in a White Coat: A Doctor's Reflection on Race and Medicine by Damon Tweedy, MD, looks at how both Black doctors and patients must navigate the difficult and often contradictory terrain of race and medicine. Finally, The Beauty in Breaking: A Memoir by Michele Harper, MD, recounts the experiences of an African American emergency room doctor amid personal struggles that include her history with an abusive father and racial conflict faced in the ER ward.

To learn more about these books and their authors and to find related information from the National Library of Medicine and other authoritative sources, visit NNLM Reading Club’s Diversity in Medicine.