Helen Cowan studied human physiology to PhD level at Oxford University. She then qualified with distinction in Adult Nursing and worked as a nurse for 12 years in cardiac surgery, neurosurgery, elderly care, hospice care and clinical trials.
As a result she has endless patient stories and real-life examples to add colour and depth to technical matters of human health and disease.
Throughout her career she has pursued her love of writing for commercial, academic and public audiences. She is a monthly columnist in the British Journal of Cardiac Nursing, educates the public about everything from the appendix to Zoladex chemotherapy in Readers Digest online, promoted hearing aids and cosmetics for local and international companies.
She has worked alongside charitable organisations such as the Spinal Injuries Association and the British Red Cross to save lives through increased awareness of life-saving skills.