There's a Cure For ThisEspiner, Emma
Ever wondered what it would be like to be a medical student? Or considered if Māori are disadvantaged by New Zealand’s healthcare system, or what it was like as a Māori junior doctor during the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic? Well, look no further; Dr Emma Espiner documents her change of career into the world of medicine with passion and insight.
Engaging and profound, this is a sharp and provocative memoir from an seasoned podcaster, writer and political commentator, driven by her unique lived experience.
Comments from BDS Reviewers
"I have learnt a lot from this book - as many other Pakeha will also learn. It is earnest and factual and spiced with humour and some potent expressions."
"The language is on the whole very good. The 'f' word gets used quite a bit - descriptively - but it makes her story very real."
"This book dealt with really serious topics very well. It's well-written, adult, wise and enjoyable."
"This book is a treasury of one young Māori woman's 'encroachment' into the very Pakeha world of medicine and the less-than-conscious way that the medical world exhibits a superiority so natural that it passes unnoticed to non-Māori."
"I enjoyed reading that the author's Pakeha mother supported Emma in learning te reo Māori, just as Emma's husband (Guyon Espiner) learned te reo to support their daughter."
"The book presents a clear portrayal of past and current issues for her as a Māori and of the health system, especially during Covid."
"I found the style quite confrontational about race."