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Songs of Selah with Scott Thomas Outlar

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Songs of Selah
June 29, 2019

On today's episode I'm pleased to welcome Martha B. Boone to the program...

Martha B. Boone is a Urologist with her own private practice. She first received her surgical training at Charity Hospital in New Orleans. At this hospital, Boone became one of the first one hundred women urologists in the world.

Her personal experiences as a new surgeon in the medical field are what inspired her to write her first novel. This novel, The Big Free, uses Boone’s real-life experiences to tell an engaging fictional story. Boone now continues her urology practice in Atlanta, Georgia.


The Big Free by Martha B. Boone tells the story of a female surgeon in New Orleans in 1982. This is a fictional story written primarily for women who are interested in the lives of medical professionals.

Elizabeth, the novel’s protagonist, is one of the first women to work as a surgeon at Charity Hospital in New Orleans. This hospital, called “The Big Free”, has the toughest surgery department in the country, and Elizabeth is the newest addition to this department. Readers will hear all of the personal details of Elizabeth’s coming-of-age story in this exciting novel.

Being a surgeon can be a difficult and stressful job, especially for someone like Elizabeth. Being young and inexperienced and being one of the first women in this department are just some of the challenges she faces. She also has to learn how to handle the senseless violence she sees every day, as well as some very difficult coworkers. Written by an experienced urologist, this novel provides an intimate and realistic view into the personal life of a surgeon.

If you would like more information about this topic, or to schedule an interview with Martha B. Boone, please call Nickcole Watkins at 516.900.5674.