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hey peeps, how is it going? I was wondering if any of you can recommend some good medicine-related books. I read THE PACT and that book was awesome. I believe another one is Time to Heal or something like that, but if any of you can recommend some it'll be great. Thank you,
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house of god, by samuel shem
 

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Some that I've enjoyed or plan to read soon:

The Medical Detectives, by Berton Roueche
Awakenings by Oliver Sacks
The Man Who Mistook His Wife For a Hat , also by Oliver Sacks
The Spirit Catches You and you Fall Down by Anne Fadimann
Wrongful Death: A Medical Tragedy by Sandra Gilbert
When the Air Hits Your Bain: Tales of Neurosurgery by Frank Vertosick, M.D.
The Girl Who Died Twice by Natalie Robins
First, Do No Harm by Lisa Belkin
Learning How the Heart Beats: The Making of a Pediatrician by Claire McCarthy, M.D.
Dying Well: The Prospect For Growth at the End of Life, by Ira Byock, M.D.
 
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The Man Who Tried to Save the World: The Dangerous Life and Mysterious Disappearance of Fred Cuny by Scott Anderson

Touched by Fire: Doctors Without Borders in a Third World Crisis by Elliott Leyton

Albert Schweitzer: Genius in the Jungle by Joseph Gollomb

The Year of the Intern by Robin Cook

House of God by Samuel Shem

Understanding Health Policy by Bodenheimer
 

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I just finished a book called Body of Knowledge by Steve Giegerich. Its about the whole Gross Anatomy experience in medical school.

Having taken a Gross Anatomy course at the graduate level, I can say that everything in this book is pretty much right on. Some descriptions might have been over dramatized, but it was a very good read. It really does not talk about medicine specifically, like the treatment of patients, but it does a good job of portraying to readers the expericence of taking Gross Anatomy, the so called rite of passage to becoming a physician.

My next book will be Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom. As some of you may know, Mitch Albom is a sportswriter. This book is also not specifically related to medicine, but is supposed to be one of the best books about losing a person close to you and the days leading up to the final moment. It's supposed to be a heartwarming story, and is actually a book that the University of Miami School of Medicine tells their students to read before orientation. Let you know my opinion of the book when I finish it.

Another book I plan on reading that is sitting here on my shelf is The Lost Art of Healing by Bernard Lowe M.D. The subject matter is the practice of compassion in medicine. Looks good and was highly recommended.

What ever you do, don't read White Coat by Ellen Lerner Rothman. Its about her own experience as a med student at Harvard. Her writing style is not the kind that tends to keep people's attention. She could also do a better job of possibly explaining her emotions through various experiences. Early on, she talks too much about the dumb things that she does outside of class. I, personally, did not buy this book to know about watching ER on Thursday nights. It is not a bad book, but I think there has to be other books out there that are better at explaining a person's own experience at med school.
 

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Another book I might want to read is Complications by Atul Gawande. Its about a surgeon's experience with what he calls an "imperfect science," that is, surgery.

Anyone had the chance to read this one?
 

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No, I haven't read Gawande's book, but I read an excerpt from it in the New Yorker magazine. It was fascinating. I'll bet the book is great. But I'm not going into surgery, so I don't think I'll be reading it, because my stack of "books to read" is getting pretty unmanageable.

I do plan on reading Body of Knowledge.
 

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Almost forgot about Gesundheit! by Patch Adams. I believe that this was the book that inspired the movie. Very good read. I think this guy is what every doctor should try to emulate. His thoughts are probably well-known, but he seems to be the only real person to actually live and practice those ideas at a great sacrifice.
 
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I liked THE INTERN BLUES by Robert Marion. It was an honest account of 3 intern's experiences in Pediatrics in the Bronx. It's kind of depressing...what awaits...but a must read. I gave it to my mom so she can understand the stresses of being a doctor because it is not an easy path to take.
 

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Wow, I'm now half way through Tuesdays with Morrie. I would finish it tonight if I did not have to wake up early tomorrow. A little more background on the book...Mitch Albom visits his old college professor (his favorite) after discovering he has amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gerhig's disease). They discuss mostly ideas about death. It's actually a short book (184 pages) but it is a small book in dimensions. So far, I love it. I can already recommend to others who might be interested.
 

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"A Piece of My Mind" is a book of collected submissions to the column of the same name in JAMA. It's pretty interesting, because it depicts the physician through the various stages of his/her professional career. There are submissions from med students, residents, physicians getting ready to open their first practice, to retiring docs. It's a good read.
 

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A few more books:

<i>On Doctoring</i>, ed. Reynolds and Stone
Sherwin Nuland's <i>How We Die</i>

I want to second the recommendation of <i>Tuesdays with Morrie</i>, a very uplifting account of the human spirit confronting death. Rothman's <i>White Coat</i> is indeed quite boring, bland, and devoid of the kind of passion and honesty that are required for good writing.

Shem's <i>House of God</i> is another Harvard-related book but vastly different from Rothman's. Instead of the sleep-inducing style of Rothman, Shem employs much hyperbole, overdoses of sarcasm, and plenty of humor. It's a fun page-turner. (The "House of God" is allegedly Beth Israel Hospital, a Harvard teaching hospital.)

Pamela Grim's <i>Just Here Trying to Save a Few Lives</i> is one of the best medicine-related books I've read. Amazing anecdotes, expressed in short, powerful, and thoughtful sentences, come to life in front of your eyes. Read it.

Robert Marion's books are as exciting to read as tax laws.
 

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I'd have to recommend Health Care Meltdown by Dr. Bob Lebow of Nampa, ID. The book focuses on how America?s health care system has failed and ways it can be fixed. Part of the proceeds go toward the Terry Reilly Health clinic. Sadly, the author, Dr. Lebow, was recently in a bicycle accident that left him a quadriplegic.
 

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Prior to interviews I would recommend Dying Well by Ira Byock. Its a lesson in the emotional work that doctors have to face. Its a good life lesson, and will give you food for thought and an angle that I guarantee you haven't thought much about.

If you have lots of time and want an easy entertaining read, go for Salesman, Surgeon by somebody Mackay. Its a great read about a prosthetic salesman and how surgeons rope him in to scrubbing with them to help them out.

I just started House of God-lots of blood, pus, vomit and sex so far-but its hard to put down. Please assure me-the gobs of unprotected sex in this book is literary liscence, right?
 

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I really liked "Becoming a Doctor" by some guy Konner, I think (Melvin?).

If I remember correctly, he was an anthropology professor at Harvard, then went back to medical school in his 30's. Was disenchanted with the entire medical system and ended up going back to teaching as soon as he graduated, but wrote a very thoughtful, intelligent expose of the medical teaching system.

Probably because he was so damned smart (PhD, Hahvahd, etc.), he was more articulate and insightful than most physicians tend to be in their writing. Although, you do end up thinking he's sort of a whiny baby by the end of the book.
 

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I've read quite few and the best ive read are.....

The Lost Art of Healing by Bernard Lowe M.D. :clap:
This is probably the best book on what medicine is all about that ive seen. I had to buy it after i returned it to the library...

M.D. - By B.H. Kean MD - Amazing book about an amazing medical career. Out of print i think...but the library should have....

Gawnade's book was ok....

Body of knowledge was ok

Melvin Konnors book was good.....but he seems like a stuck up prick........hes so much better than everyone cuz he got a phd.. The chapter on his ob rotation was excelent though....

both of William A. Nolen's books were really good.....dont remember the titles exactly...."the makeing of a surgeon" maybe and something else....

I enjoyed "transplant" by William "Bill" Frist MD..... recently found out that the author became a senator from tennesse.....

Thats all i can think of off the top of my head.....maybe ill remember more later.......
 

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Becoming a Doctor by Dr. Michael Konner. Written by a sociologist who entered medical school at middle age. Gives an up close, un biased look at the medical school process, doesn't ide anything from you. it also flows good throught the whole book. Also, anything written by Richard Selzer, a poet surgeon. he gives you the good, bad and ugly in a romantic. poetic prose.
 

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Complications by Atul Gawande is an excellent read and it gives readers and honest look at the shortcomings in medicine, especially those stemming from human error. This side of doctoring, which was compiled by Eliza Lo Chen, is a compilation of short writings a wide variety of female physicians (the first woman to graduate from Harvard med as well as first year med students).
 
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damn you beat me to it.
this is an AMAZING BOOK!!
I read it in maybe 2 days. it flies bye and is extremely well written.
he's basic point is that surgery and medicine in general is far from a clear cut science/art. in fact its driven (both positively and negatively) by the humaness of doctors and all the imperfections that go along with being human. and it revolves around the idea that there are a ton of things in medicine that are uncertain and often there are few clear cut answers.
Its definately a good read. its got a decent amount of techno babble so you can really get your teeth into.
READ THIS BOOK!!!

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Another book I might want to read is Complications by Atul Gawande. Its about a surgeon's experience with what he calls an "imperfect science," that is, surgery.

Anyone had the chance to read this one?
 

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I just saw this thread, and now I've read it and everyone has included all my favorite books! I don't have much to add except to say that I definately second any books put out by Dr. Schacter (Man who mistook his wife for a hat, awakenings, etc.). I don't know if I'd call Tuesdays With Morrie a Medical book, but it entails a philosophy about dealing with terminal illness that is truly uplifting for both patients and doctors. One book that I haven't seen mentioned here is:

ONE RENEGADE CELL (by Robert Weinberg)

Its an amazing book detailing how researchers found out, piece by piece, exactly what cancer was and what we know currently. Its written in plain english (for the most part) and very well organized, so you never feel overwhelmed by the depth and breadth of the subject matter. It's great... two thumbs up!!!
 

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I'm reading Bryson City Tales by Walt Larimore, MD right now. It's about the author's first year as a family doctor (also serving as ER doc, OB, coroner, rescue technician, and occasional veterinarian) in the rural mountains of NC (right near where my dad grew up). I love it-- but then again I really want to practice in the rural NC mountains. Even if you don't want to go into family med, the author is a great story-teller and it provides great insight into the life of a rural practitioner.

As soon as I finish this one, I'm starting up with Just Here Trying to Save a Few Lives .
 

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I could recommend (although some are definitely better than others) in no particular order:

Arrowsmith, Sinclair Lewis
Not an Entirely Benign Procedure, Perri Klass
M.D.: Doctors Talk About Themselves, John Pekkanen
House Officer: Becoming a Medical Specialist, Richard Cohen
The Least of These My Brethren, Daniel Baxter
The Doctors Mayo, Helen Clapesattle
Intern, Doctor X

I also liked Complications. Great at the beginning and end...a little slow in the middle. Whitecoat was alright but nothing great.
 

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Originally posted by The Hulk
I don't have much to add except to say that I definately second any books put out by Dr. Schacter (Man who mistook his wife for a hat, awakenings, etc.).
I believe those books are by Oliver Sacks...
 

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On Being a Doctor 2

personal stories from docs and patients, and poetry, easy, quick read.
 

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I also read a book called Gifted Hands by Ben Carson M.D., the famous pediatric neurosurgeon at Johns Hopkin. It is more of a biography, but it was an inspiring book because it details the things he had to go through in order to acheive what he has in his life. He is famous for is hemispherectomies (sp?), the procedure where a non-functional or dysfunctional side of the brain is completely removed in order to correct neurological disorders. Its a good read if you like inspiring biographies.
 
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Hey peeps, thank you very much for your input on good books to read. I don't even know where to starts. But I'm sure whichever one I choose will be a good read. Thanks,
Don
If anybody else wants to recommend other medicine related books, keep them coming!
 

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This might be hard to answer, but does anyone know of any forensic pathology related books? Non-fiction, not the Patricia Cornwell kind. I know of two by Dr. Michael Baden, but was wondering if anyone knows any others. Thanks!

p.s. And thanks for all the suggestions of the medicine related books. I'm so glad I stumbled onto this thread. It looks like I have a lot to read!:D
 

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Ohhhh...and did I mention "The Lost Art of Healing" by Brenard Lown MD.........its great....best medicine related book ive read.......i think i did....but one more mention wont hurt...and will bring this thread to the top.......


Anyone have a recomendation as to a premed guide book....ie when to do what in undergrad....i know there are several....are any worth buying?
 

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Originally posted by mpp
Actually, Sacks is a neurologist.
Right you are, mpp, as usual!! And anything he writes is incredibly fascinating. His books were responsible for getting me interested in medicine.
 
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