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I particularly like the focus of the chapters in this reading section on all the intersections that can impact health and healthcare, like race and social class, and I particularly liked reading Tweedy’s discussion of the social implications of having an HIV/AIDS diagnosis. While these are important factors to take into consideration in order to understand illness, it is really refreshing to read an account of medicine where they are very prominently focused upon. Many medical narratives focus upon the diagnosis, treatment, and care of a patient, with a heavy basis in Mattingly’s “chart talk”. Berger’s A Fortunate Man follows this medical narrative well, where the story follows the country doctor as he goes about finding, diagnosing, and treating patients, some with more luck than others. In this section of Black Man in a White Coat, Tweedy not only acknowledges some of his own social prejudice about illness, in this case particularly HIV/AIDS, but also challenges those prejudices in himself. That is particularly important in a medical professional, not only to acknowledge your own biases, but to work towards challenging them in order to ensure you provide the best medical care for your patients.