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ISBN-10: 132402190X
ISBN-13: 9781324021902
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publish Date: 05/03/2022
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Letter to a Young Female Physician: Thoughts on Life and Work

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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, mother, 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.

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Suzanne Koven's Letter to a Young Female Physician is so wise, beautifully written, tender, and full of heart that it should be required reading for every person–young, female, physician, or otherwise. This is a transporting memoir, and an instructive one.–Dani Shapiro, author of Inheritance
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Details

ISBN-10: 132402190X
ISBN-13: 9781324021902
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publish Date: 05/03/2022
Dimensions: 0.00" L, 0.00" W, 0.00" H
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