I Knew a Woman: Four Women Patients and Their Female Caregiver

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Ballantine Books, 2002 - Health & Fitness - 261 pages
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"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 Womanwill alter your perception of the humanity of medicine and the ordinary miracle of our physical selves.


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About the author (2002)

Cortney Davis has been a nurse-practitioner since 1978. A published poet and frequent lecturer on women's health, she has been awarded a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. She lives in Redding, Connecticut, with her husband, Jon.


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