Interview with Dr. Charlotte Cowan

Monday, December 3, 2007.

Dr. Charlotte Cowan with Dr. Hippo and friendsHow many parents have been woken up in the middle of the night by a child with an incredibly sore ear? It’s the unknown for both the child and the parent that causes concern, especially at a time when their own doctor may not be available.

Enter Dr. Charlotte Cowan, a pediatrician who took a leave of absence from Boston’s MassGeneral Hospital for Children to write a series of books that address health and hasn’t gone back.

On this edition of Just One More Book Mark speaks with Dr. Charlotte Cowan about leaving her practice to write children’s books for her Hippocratic Press and the role of understanding as a component of recovery.

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Comment by Megan

December 6, 2007 @ 9:42 am

I am a graduate student at American University currently enrolled to earn my Masters in Teaching. I would like to start off by saying I have a great admiration for someone who can take their professional knowledge and use it in another method to touch new and different lives. On a personal note I have always loved the professors I had that came straight from the field on what we were learning about and shared their unique experiences. I feel Dr Cowen has done for children what those professors have done for me. The point that stuck out to me while Dr Cowen was speaking was when she said she wanted to give kids a choice and validate fears they had about illness. People have questioned her why she has not tackled the cancer issue like it is more important than an ear infection. I have a great respect for how she answered that saying that the things she is writing about ARE important and it is important to her to educate these children because she feels the more they know about their illness and how to take care of it, the better the chance they can help themselves get better. I think Dr Cowen’s efforts to write these medical books for children is priceless and a great way to comfort a child who does not understand what is wrong with them.

Comment by christine tripp

December 10, 2007 @ 7:01 am

Nothing about your child in pain or ill is trivial, so it is very refreshing that the more common, not life threatening but very real and scary illness’s are FINALLY addressed by Dr. Cowan. The books sound wonderful and the illustrations in each one are beautiful. So many times the quality of illustration is compromised in a small publisher’s books but these books have top of the line art from some of our most talented illustrators around. One, the little elephant with an ear ache, was illustratored by a very old and dear frient Elaine Garvine. It was with mixed emotions that I saw her art on the publishers site. Elaine died in 2004.
The books remind me of the line from Mary Poppins, “just a spoonfull of sugar makes the medicine go down” The sugar are these sweet books. They will certainly ease the fears of both the kids and their partents.
Chris

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September 29, 2009 @ 3:31 pm

[...] The Little Elephant with the Big Earache by Charlotte Cowan, MD. Eddie’s birthday party is just days away, but he has an earache. Dr. Hippo knew just how to help Eddie feel better! This picture book walks children through a visit to the doctor’s office and offers comfort (and a pamphlet) for dealing with earaches! “This is a story that every parent and child will appreciate. Rare is the child who hasn’t suffered not one earache. The Parent’s Guide in the back is a HUGE bonus!” (The Hippocratic Press, 2007) You can also hear a podcast interview with the author at Just One More Book! [...]

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October 29, 2009 @ 7:53 pm

[...] The Little Elephant with the Big Earache by Charlotte Cowan, MD. Eddie’s birthday party is just days away, but he has an earache. Dr. Hippo knew just how to help Eddie feel better! This picture book walks children through a visit to the doctor’s office and offers comfort (and a pamphlet) for dealing with earaches! “This is a story that every parent and child will appreciate. Rare is the child who hasn’t suffered not one earache. The Parent’s Guide in the back is a HUGE bonus!” (The Hippocratic Press, 2007) You can also hear a podcast interview with the author at Just One More Book! [...]

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