Foreign Doctor

  • Kumar Alagappan
  • Jan HargraveEmail author


This chapter presents a case study of a physician of Indian descent who encounters microaggressions in the emergency department.


Doorknob moments Body language Foreign doctor Physician-as-a-person concept “Indian” accent Empathy Sturdy handshake Facial expression 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer CenterHoustonUSA

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