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LETTER TO A YOUNG FEMALE PHYSICIAN: NOTES FROM A MEDICAL LIFE

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Publication Date: 
May 4, 2021
Format: 
Hardcover
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ISBN: 
9781324007142
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About This Item: 
In 2017, Dr. Suzanne Koven published an essay describing the challenges faced by female physicians, including her own personal struggle with "imposter syndrome"--a long-held secret belief that she was not smart enough or good enough to be a "real" doctor. Accessed by thousands of readers around the world, Koven's "Letter to a Young Female Physician" has evolved into a deeply felt reflection on her career in medicine.Koven tells candid and illuminating stories about her pregnancy during a grueling residency in the AIDS era, the illnesses of her child and aging parents during which her roles as a doctor, mother, and daughter converged, and sometimes collided, the sexism, pay inequity, and harassment that women in medicine encounter, and the twilight of her career during the COVID-19 pandemic. As she traces the arc of her life, Koven finds inspiration in literature and faces the near-universal challenges of burnout, body image, and balancing work with marriage and parenthood.Shining with warmth, clarity, and wisdom, Letter to a Young Female Physician reveals a woman forging her authentic identity in a modern landscape that is as overwhelming and confusing as it is exhilarating in its possibilities. Koven offers an indelible account, by turns humorous and profound, from a doctor, wife, daughter, teacher, and writer who sheds light on our desire to find meaning, and on a way to be our own imperfect selves in the world.
$26.95
Binding: 
Hardcover

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