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My Own Country: A Doctor's Story

Big Books Issue 2001

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By Eileen Murphy | Posted 9/26/2001

Abraham Verghese

Born of Indian parents and raised in Ethiopia, Abraham Verghese could hardly find a place less his own than Johnson City, Tenn. But it was in that "typical" Southern town that Verghese discovered a sense of community--first as a medical student and resident, later as an infectious-disease specialist. During the early days of the AIDS epidemic, Verghese labored to educate his HIV+ patients about their condition even as he struggled to understand the disease and its presence in the seemingly conservative culture of Johnson City. Ultimately this 1994 memoir chronicles the overlapping stories of the changing community, the evolving epidemic, and one young doctor's coming-of-age.

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