5 Books to Inspire Women in Medicine

February 3 is National Women Physicians Day

Dear Librarians and Booksellers,

Consider this inspiring grouping of books to celebrate National Women Physician’s Day, February 3, commemorating the birthday of the first woman medical doctor, Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell and in of celebration of women and their contributions in the medical field. Also, September is Women in Medicine Month.

Resilient Threads: Weaving Joy and Meaning Into Well-Being 
by Mukta Panda, MD
Creative Courage Press (January 2020) ISBN-13: 9780985566555

How do clinicians keep their hearts alive in a health care system where people too often lose heart? This memoir shines a light on the epidemic of physician burnout, depression and suicide, offering the author’s journey of practicing medicine without losing heart and showing her medical students and residents how to do the same. As a doctor, mother and immigrant, Dr. Mukta Panda models how to thrive by creating community and self-awareness.

MIDWEST BOOK REVIEW: A ‘must read’ for anyone working in the health care community, especially during the once-in-a-century impact of a global pandemic, “Resilient Threads: Weaving Joy and Meaning into Well-Being” will have great value for readers in other stress-filled occupations and circumstances as well. Thoroughly ‘reader friendly’ in organization and presentation, “Resilient Threads” is especially and unreservedly recommended for both community and college/university library Health & Medicine collections.  Hardcover, paperback and ebook available.
***A 2020 Silver Nautilus Award Winner***

Women in White Coats: How the First Women Doctors Changed the World of Medicine
by Olivia Campbell
Park Row; Original edition (March 2, 2021) ISBN-13: 9780778389392

For fans of Hidden Figures and Radium Girls comes the remarkable story of three Victorian women who broke down barriers in the medical field to become the first women doctors, revolutionizing the way women receive health care.

Letter to a Young Female Physician: Notes from a Medical Life
by Suzanne Koven
W. W. Norton & Company (May 4, 2021) ISBN-13: 9781324007142

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.

In Shock: My Journey from Death to Recovery and the Redemptive Power of Hope
by Rana Awdish, MD, FCCP
Transworld Digital (January 25, 2018) ISBN-13: 9781250119216

A first-person account from a young critical care physician describes how toward the end of her medical training she suddenly became a patient fighting for her own life, revealing how her experiences exposed her to flaws in today’s care standards and how to better embrace the emotional bond between doctor and patient.

What Patients Say, What Doctors Hear by Danielle Ofri, MD, PhD
Publisher ‏ : ‎ Beacon Press; 1st edition (February 7, 2017) ISBN-13: 9780807062630
Though the gulf between what patients say and what doctors hear is often wide, Dr. Danielle Ofri proves that it doesn’t have to be. Through the powerfully resonant human stories that Dr. Ofri’s writing is renowned for, she explores the high-stakes world of doctor-patient communication that we all must navigate.

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