kosal7

2+ Year Member
Jul 28, 2016
69
23
Status
Pre-Health (Field Undecided)
Hello, I was wondering if anyone could recommend some interesting books to read that are either medically related or non-related. Thank you.
 

Catalystik

The Gimlet Eye
10+ Year Member
Sep 4, 2006
32,960
12,771
The Other Side of the Portal

Lannister

5+ Year Member
May 21, 2013
5,419
7,720
Casterly Rock
Status
Medical Student
If you're into WWII, read The Nightingale and All the Light We Cannot See.
 
  • Like
Reactions: kosal7 and vrenks
About the Ads

Prometheus123

Membership Revoked
Removed
5+ Year Member
May 9, 2013
586
266
Status
Pre-Medical
I'd recommend The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius and The Obstacle Is The Way.
 
  • Like
Reactions: mistafab and kosal7
May 10, 2017
137
225
Status
Pre-Medical
Related to medicine:

- Pathologies of Power by Paul Farmer (and anything else he has written)

- Mountains Beyond Mointains by Tracy Kidder (biography of Paul Farmer)

- The Emperor of All Maladies by Siddhartha Mukherjee ("biography" of cancer)

- When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalinithi

- Being Mortal by Atul Gawande (and anything else he has written)

- The Plague by Albert Camus (semi-philosophical novel)

- House of God by Samuel Shem (Catch-22 adapted to the context of medicine)

- The Death of Ivan Ilych (novella) by Tolstoy (powerful exploration of the human condition and mortality, extremely influential, must read imo)

- The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander (Not directly related to medicine, but I think the politics of oppression are important to understand as a physician and certainly as an American)
 
Last edited:

LizzyM

the evil queen of numbers
10+ Year Member
Mar 7, 2005
23,373
34,020
Status
Academic Administration
- The Plague by Albert Camus (semi-philosophical novel)
The Plague is an allegory of the German occupation of France during WWII. I don't know what is philosophical about it but then again, I've been trying to read it for about 3 years... it is never as engaging as I hope it might be.
 

laffytaffy19

2+ Year Member
Jul 14, 2017
33
19
Status
Pre-Dental
I recommend reading "How to win friends and influence people" by Dale Carnegie. It's great at teaching skills on how to be a better listener/conversationalist and how to handle people tactfully. Some rules may sound repetitive but it helps to hammer in ideas, and I think it may be of use to you since doctors interact with patients/other doctors all the time.
 
  • Like
Reactions: kosal7
May 10, 2017
137
225
Status
Pre-Medical
The Plague is an allegory of the German occupation of France during WWII. I don't know what is philosophical about it but then again, I've been trying to read it for about 3 years... it is never as engaging as I hope it might be.
All of Camus's novels are philosophical, some more than others. Are you familiar with his philosophy of absurdism? In my opinion, The Plague proposes an answer to the question, "What does one do once they come to the realization that the universe is meaningless? Given that humans have an inherent drive to find purpose in all things, and especially in their lives, how are they supposed to react to an infinite, cold, indifferent universe?" Camus grew up in the wake of the Spanish Civil War and WWII. He suffered an existential crisis in response to the horrendous, unbelievable events that plagued his early life. He and many of his contemporaries (Sartre, Hemingway, Picasso) struggled with this idea and their works were all heavily influenced by those tragic events.

Camus, in his philosophy of absurdism, argues that the only path forward is to choose a purpose for oneself and strive toward it without all of one's might. Suicide, religion, and nihilism are not the answers, and, he argues, are actually immoral.

I think The Plague explores that idea. The physician in the novel, the protagonist, decides his purpose, in the face of insurmountable odds, is to serve the people of the town afflicted by the Plague. He does so with courage and resilience and never looks back. He acts in accordance with the highest moral principles, according to the philosophy of Camus.

If you finish the novel, which I recommend you do, I think you will see what I'm getting at. I hope this all makes sense. It's one of my favorite novels.
 
Last edited:
  • Like
Reactions: Prometheus123

Prometheus123

Membership Revoked
Removed
5+ Year Member
May 9, 2013
586
266
Status
Pre-Medical
All of Camus's novels are philosophical, some more than others. Are you familiar with his philosophy of absurdism? In my opinion, The Plague proposes an answer to the question, "What does one do once they come to the realization that the universe is meaningless? Given that humans have an inherent drive to find purpose in all things, and especially in their lives, how are they supposed to react to an infinite, cold, indifferent universe?" Camus grew up in the wake of the Spanish Civil War and WWII. He suffered an existential crisis in response to the horrendous, unbelievable events that plagued his early life. He and many of his contemporaries (Sartre, Hemingway, Picasso) struggled with this idea and their works were all heavily influenced by those tragic events.

Camus, in his philosophy of absurdism, argues that the only path forward is to choose a purpose for oneself and strive toward it without all of one's might. Suicide, religion, and nihilism are not the answers, and, he argues, are actually immoral.

I think The Plague explores that idea. The physician in the novel, the protagonist, decides his purpose, in the face of insurmountable odds, is to serve the people of the town afflicted by the Plague. He does so with courage and resilience and never looks back. He acts in accordance with the highest moral principles, according to the philosophy of Camus.

If you finish the novel, which I recommend you do, I think you will see what I'm getting at. I hope this all makes sense. It's one of my favorite novels.
Sounds inspiring. I'll try to put it on my VoiceDream and listen to it in the car at some point.
 
  • Like
Reactions: E.Hemingway

Goro

Gold Donor
7+ Year Member
Jun 10, 2010
54,371
80,705
Somewhere west of St. Louis
Status
Non-Student
Hello, I was wondering if anyone could recommend some interesting books to read that are either medically related or non-related. Thank you.
Anything by Bernard Cornwell
Laura Joh Rowland's Sano Ichiro detective novels
Any of the Easy Rawlins or Leonid McGill novels by Walter Moseley
Any of Sam Eastland's Inspector Pekkala novels

For something more medicine related:
The Emperor of all Maladies by Siddhartha Mukherjee

The Greatest Benefit to Mankind by Roy Porter

These stories by Berton Roueche:
The Medical Detectives;
The Medical Detectives II;
The Man Who Grew Two Breasts: And Other True Tales of Medical Detection;
A Man Named Hoffman and Other Narratives of Medical Detection
Eleven Blue Men and Other Narratives of Medical Detection
 
  • Like
Reactions: Prometheus123
About the Ads