"Letter to a Young Female Physician: Notes from a Medical Life" by Suzanne Koven

May 10, 2021

Our guest is Suzanne Koven, a primary care physician and the inaugural writer-in-residence at Massachusetts General Hospital; she is also a member of the faculty at Harvard Medical School. Koven joins us to discuss her new memoir, "Letter to a Young Female Physician." It's a work that, as the writer Andrew Solomon has noted, "charts both the real and the spurious demands that the medical system makes on those who become doctors and care for us all. [Koven's] memoir is by turns reassuring and disturbing, comical and tragic, hopeful and dire. Medicine has advanced, but the particular difficulties facing young physicians have grown no less steep, and the impediments women continue to face even as they take a majority place in medical schools are considerable. Koven writes with style and wit and grace -- but, more significantly, with insight and compassion." Please note that Koven will take place in an interview/presentation for this book later this week online, specifically on the Zoom platform, from 7 to 8pm on Thursday the 13th. This free event is being offered by Magic City Books; more info is posted here.