Looking for some worthwhile reading? Dr. Cornelia E. Davis published two award-winning memoirs about her medical experiences in India and Ethiopia with the World Health Organization (WHO).
This time of COVID-19 often seems like a disaster more brutal than any that took place before now. The memoirs of Dr. Cornelia Davis, however, remind us that COVID is not the first and is unlikely to be the last.
These books describing an American doctor’s experiences during perilous times in India and Ethiopia remind us that the human spirit can meet any challenge.
You can find more information about this bold woman at https://www.corneliaedavismd.com
This award announcement can give confidence to you if you enjoy reading memoirs but like to have recommendations. Both books are of particular interest today during the COVID pandemic.
“Searching for Sitala Mata: Eradicating Smallpox in India,” Gold Medal: 2017 Global Ebook Awards, Non-fiction, Inspirational, recounts Dr. Davis’s experiences as a young female doctor working for the World Health Organization (WHO) in its landmark smallpox eradication program.
The book recounts her life as a doctor in India where she had to deal with sexism and taboos that regularly interfered with her work as she scoured the countryside for the last remnants of deadly smallpox.
For more about this book, visit https://www.amazon.com/Searching-Sitala-Mata-Eradicating-Smallpox-ebook/dp/B077SHY2GP
The 2019 B.R.A.G. Medallion Award Semi-Finalist and 2019 Kindle Book Award winner, “Three Years in Ethiopia: How a Civil War and Epidemics Led Me to My Daughter,” tells of Dr. Davis’s work for WHO to assist the Ethiopian government in preventing meningitis outbreaks in the early 1990s. In addition, she relates how she found and adopted a three-month-old baby from the street.
You can find this book at https://www.amazon.com/Three-Years-Ethiopia-Epidemics-Daughter-ebook/dp/B07NN4BC8C
Growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area, she became one of the first black women admitted to the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine.
Although she finished medical school and residency as a pediatrician, her humanitarian work with WHO in India permanently changed her focus. Realizing then that her calling was public health, she went back to school and earned a Master of Public Health from Johns Hopkins School of Public Health.
As a medical epidemiologist, Dr. Davis worked for over 35 years in international public health on programs for WHO, UNICEF, and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) in 20 African and Asian countries, working on immunizations, malaria control, cholera, tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS, and more.
As of 2013, Dr. Davis is retired, living on the shores of Lake Chapala in Mexico, not far from Guadalajara, where she has written and recently published her third memoir “Risking Is Better Than Regretting: Live Without Regrets.”
You might find that Dr. Davis’s adventurous nature and the experiences she describes in her memoirs make great armchair reading. You will almost feel like you’ve been in the same situations but without the danger.
You can go to http://www.amazon.com/Cornelia-E-Davis/e/B00TM9J114 which can give you more information.