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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Patricia Wong, MD (Stanford University Medical Center)
Description: This book is a communal sharing of the sentiments and thoughts from female physicians on their medical training and experiences, and how their careers have impacted their lives as mothers, spouses, physicians, and human beings. There are letters, poems, and personal vignettes on why we, as female physicians, celebrate and dedicate ourselves to a very demanding, stressful, and rewarding life choice.
Purpose: Through the sharing of this collective knowledge, the book will encourage, strengthen, support, and provide insight into why we have chosen this life, and continue to believe in what we have chosen, even at those times when it seems like things are not going to work out.
Audience: The audience is female medical students, residents, and physicians.
Features: The fear of losing control of one's life, the fear of making the wrong diagnosis, the sorrow over the death of a patient despite doing one's best, the elation one experiences when one has touched someone and made a difference in how that person copes with an illness, the guilt one feels when one has no energy left for family or spouse, and the acceptance of understanding that one cannot be superwoman are all poignantly represented in the writings.
Assessment: I am unaware of similar books written on the subject. Women physicians may find this book inspirational and enlightening personally.