I Knew a Woman: Four Women Patients and Their Female Caregiverby Cortney Davis
Pub. Date: 06/25/2002
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
"I cannot ignore the reality of the body, its glorious beginnings and its subtle endings," writes Cortney Davis in this intimate and startlingly original account of her work at a women's clinic. A poet and nurse-practitioner with twenty five years' experience, Davis reveals the beauty of the body's workings by unfolding the lives of four patients who struggle with its natural cycles and unexpected surprises: pregnancy and childbirth, illness and recovery, sexual dysfunction and sexual joy. An abundance of solid medical information imbues every graceful line.
Davis's eternal question to herself is: How do you help someone to not merely survive but flourish? In this compassionate and expansive book, she provides a template. I Knew a Woman will alter your perception of the humanity of medicine and the ordinary miracle of our physical selves.
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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.