New Medicine for a New Millennium

A Memoir Looking Front to Back in Time at a Black Woman’s Life in Medicine

Sylvia Mustonen

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A memoir reflecting on a Black female physician’s life, career, and vision for better medical care in the future.

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    This is the story of my life as a young woman growing up in Detroit, experiencing the tribulations of Black life in that city; my interracial marriage intersecting at the time of the 1967 Detroit riot; my roundabout path from television work to motherhood to medical school; how I encountered racism and sexism in medical training and private practice of medicine; and how I rose above it all. 

    I have included my ideas about the need for a revolution in health care, the future of medicine, and the improvement of medical education. I also add my take on the racial problems that continue to plague us today, such as reparations and health disparities.  

    Finally, I look at my personal experience as a patient, facing my own medical frailties and my emotional evolution as I struggled through the emotional upheavals of living with a talented daughter who is afflicted with the twin devils of mental health issues and substance abuse. I think I have persisted in the face of it all and this book shows how I did it.

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