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Reading List

Reading books written from the perspective of health professionals is a very important way to learn more about the profession(s) in which you are interested. The following is a brief reading list to help you get started:

A Surgeon’s Story: The Autobiography of Robert T. Morris, Roger Godsen and Pam Walker
Anatomy of an Illness as Perceived by the Patient, Norman Cousins
Another Day in the Frontal Lobe, Katrina Firlik
Becoming a Doctor: From Student to Specialist, Doctor-Writers Share Their Experiences, Lee Gutkind, Ed.
Being Mortal, Atul Gawande
Black Man in a White Coat, Damon Tweedy
Blood: An Epic History of Medicine and Commerce, Douglas Starr
Caring for the Country: Family Doctors in Small Rural Towns, Howard K. Rabinowitz
Classic Cases in Medical Ethics: Accounts of Cases that Have Shaped Medical Ethics with Philosophical, Legal,
   and Historical Background
, Gregory E. Pence
Darkness Visible: A Memoir of Madness, William Styron
Deadly Dust: Silicosis and the Politics of Occupational Disease in Twentieth Century America, Gerald Markowitz
   and David Rosner
Final Exam: A Surgeon’s Reflections on Mortality, Pauline W. Chen
Fresh Fruit, Broken Bodies: Migrant Farmworkers in the United States, Seth Holmes
Get Me Out: A History of Childbirth from the Garden of Eden to the Sperm Bank, Randi Hutter Epstein
How Doctors Think, Jerome Groopman
Medical Marriages: Sustaining Healthy Relationships for Physicians and Their Families, Wayne M. Sotile and
   Mary O. Sotile
Mountains Beyond Mountains: Dr. Paul Farmer, a Man Who Would Cure the World, Tracy Kidder
My Own Country, Abraham Verghese
Never Say Die, Susan Jacoby
No Apparent Distress: A Doctor’s Coming of Age on the Front Lines of American Medicine, Rachel Pearson
Nursing Against the Odds, Suzanne Gordon
Oath Betrayed: Torture, Medical Complicity, and the War on Terror, Steven H. Miles
Out of My Life and Thought, Albert Schweitzer
Shock: The Healing Power of Electroconvulsive Therapy, Kitty Dukakis and Larry Tye
Teeth: Beauty, Inequality, and the Struggle for Oral Health in America, Mary Otto
The Edge of Medicine: The Technology That Will Change Our Lives, William Hanson
The Emperor of all Maladies: A Biography of Cancer, Siddhartha Mukherjee
The Ghost Map: The Story of London’s Most Terrifying Epidemic, Steven Johnson
The Healing of America: A Global Quest for Better, Cheaper and Fairer Health Care, T.R. Reid
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, Rebecca Skloot
The Laws of Medicine: Field Notes from an Uncertain Science, Siddhartha Mukherjee
The Soul of Medicine: Tales from the Bedside, Sherwin Nuland
When Breath Becomes Air, Paul Kalanithi