“Black Man in a White Coat: A Doctor’s reflections on Race and Medicine.” By Damon Tweedy, M.D. Picadore. 304 pages. $26

One of only a handful of African-American students at Duke Medical School in the 1990s, Tweedy – now a staff physician at the Durham VA Medical Center in North Carolina, writes about his experiences as both a doctor and a patient who is black, from being mistaken for a janitor by a med school professor to his encounter with a patient who demanded a white doctor. Tweedy’s book promises to bring our national discussion about race into an underexplored arena.