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Caroline de Costa

Caroline de Costa

Caroline de Costa is an obstetrician, gynaecologist and professor at the Cairns Institute of James Cook University, and a crime writer.

Caroline de Costa reviews 'Period: The real story of menstruation' by Kate Clancy

November 2023, no. 459 27 October 2023
As a gynaecologist and feminist, I figured that this book would have little new to teach me. By page four, I realised I was wrong. Kate Clancy, an anthropologist by training and a serious researcher into the science underlying menstruation, takes her readers on an adventurous romp through every physiological, political, and social aspect of this monthly bloodletting and tissue-shedding that virtua ... (read more)

Caroline de Costa reviews 'Tissue' by Madison Griffiths

August 2023, no. 456 25 July 2023
As an abortion provider for more than forty years, and an advocate for abortion law reform and improved abortion services for more than fifty, I approached this book with alacrity. Around one hundred thousand abortions are performed in Australia every year, yet abortion is still not easily talked or written about. I felt that a non-fiction work of nearly three hundred pages on the topic, by a pers ... (read more)