Suzanne Koven

Suzanne Koven is a primary care physician and writer in residence at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. Her work has appeared in The Boston Globe, The New England Journal of Medicine, The Virginia Quarterly Review, The Rumpus, and other publications. Her website is


Beyond the Lyme Wars

Suzanne Koven applies a clinical lens to “Sick: A Memoir” by Porochista Khakpour....

Who Will Heal the Doctors?

Suzanne Koven examines “The Finest Traditions of My Calling: One Physician’s Search for the Renewal of Medicine” by Abraham M. Nussbaum....

Family History

"It's difficult today to think of lobotomy as surgery, and not torture."...

How to Be a Mother

Suzanne Koven finds a personal memoir of motherhood in Megan Stielstra’s Once I Was Cool: “Stielstra’s prose reads like something your friend needs to tell you right now, before she even takes her coat off.”...

Empathy, Examined
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