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Hi Everyone,

I recently started reading a really great book. It's called:

"When the Air HIts Your Brain: Tales of Neurosurgery,"
by Frank Vertosick, Jr. M.D.

It's really giving me a newfound respect for neurosurgeons and their often oversimplified, misunderstood hard work and dedication...

Do you have any recommendations of your own for good medical books to read?

I'd appreciate it :)

Mr. Rosewater

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i just started A Life in Medicine, by michael bliss. it's a biography of William Osler, who was the preeminent phyisician of the 19th century.
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As many on the linked list did, I recommend "Complications" by Atul Gawande. Also, "Mountains Beyond Mountains," by Tracy Kidder is an extremely well-written account of the work of Dr. Paul Farmer, a Harvard doc who built a clinic in rural Haiti and is very active in global public health. "Singular Intimaces" by Danille Ofri is a less well-written, but still interesting acount of residency at Bellview hospital (NYU). Also, if you're into literature at all, the poet and writer William Carlos Williams was a physician. Many of his medicine-related stories are collected in the compilation "the Doctor Stories" and he also has a lot to say in his autobiography about the place of medicine in his life. Hope that helps.
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