I Knew a Woman: Four Women Patients and Their Female Caregiverby Cortney Davis
Pub. Date: 06/25/2002
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
In this book, a nurse practitioner who is also a successful poet uses her unique combination of skills to write about the world of women's heath in an entirely new way. Drawing on the dramatic stories of the women she cares for and the insights she has gained in twenty-five years of professional experience, Cortney Davis weaves a tale in which women will find echoes… See more details below
In this book, a nurse practitioner who is also a successful poet uses her unique combination of skills to write about the world of women's heath in an entirely new way. Drawing on the dramatic stories of the women she cares for and the insights she has gained in twenty-five years of professional experience, Cortney Davis weaves a tale in which women will find echoes of their own emotional journeys and their own struggles with the capricious female body. Over the course of one year at the clinic where she works, four women's stories unfold in tandem with the author's. Lila - young, homeless, pregnant - challenges Davis's skills and her patience. Eleanor, swept along the course of a perplexing illness, becomes the author's friend as Davis is suddenly confronted with health problems of her own. Joanna, a young woman haunted by memories that are interfering - physically - with her current relationship, presents another puzzle to be solved. And Davis's least-favorite patient - fast-talking, drug-addicted Renee - grows to become the patient Davis most admires.
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What a wonderful read! This book, which is non-fiction, reads like a novel and unfolds the story of four women who, each in her own way, is betrayed by and then triumphs over her body. The author is a nurse practitioner and a poet and her writing is smooth as silk. I challenge you to begin this book and then try and put it down! I'm a man, and I loved it just as much as my wife did. Reading this book taught me a lot about my wife, in fact, and about what women in general experience in pregnancy, childbirth, menopause, and simply during a GYN exam. There's a chapter in this book about a surgical procedure, a hysterectomy, that makes the reader feels like she or he is right in the room. Fascinating. Every woman should read this, and I must say that every man should too!
What talent Courtney Davis has! I could not put this book down and at the same time am sorry to have finished it! The descriptions of the women portrayed, their feelings, her feelings on them were great! While reading, you share the characters joys and want to throttle them along with their practitioner. I wish Ms. Davis was MY health care specialist. She is truly a talented and caring woman and it shows in her book.
I heard about this on NPR and loved it. If a medical book can be a page turner, this one is. Wonderful descriptions of real people and helpful information about women's health, woven smoothly toghether. Leaves the reader wishing that we all had a medical provider like Davis.
'I Knew A Woman' weaves us into the lives of four very different women, as they enter as patients into the medical system. This book allows the reader to share these women's fears,experiences, humor, and dignity while at the same time coming to understand the unique caregiving/nurturing role of this skilled nurse practitioner. Both the women and the nurse practitioner are enhanced as they engage in this special relationship. This book will be enjoyed on its many levels by women, patients, and health professionals.