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Books to read before medical school...

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by neoncandle, Jun 18, 2004.

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  1. neoncandle

    neoncandle Senior Member 5+ Year Member

    Jun 7, 2004
    Anyone got any suggestion of good books to read before attending medical school? I am currently reading "The Great Influenza" which is interesting, but it is basically a 500-page ad for Hopkins.

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  3. franklinthedog

    franklinthedog Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Feb 24, 2002
    Dry...A Memoir by Augusten Burroughs (non-medical)

    Also, a lot of people on SDN have recommended the Atul Gawande book which is pretty good (called "Complications....(don't remember the rest). It's written by a surgeon talking about his experiences in medicine, the guy also talks frequently on NPR.

    Another medical book, "Stiff", by Mary Roach. It's mainly about how cadavers have been used throughout the ages. It has one really cool chapter on transplants, namely that of transplanting monkey heads.

    Has anyone read, "House of God"? How was it? How old and relevant is it to medicine today?
  4. drdragon

    drdragon Member 5+ Year Member

    Jun 15, 2004
    A must for all premed is "House of God" can't remember the author but if you type in the title on you will get the book no prob. Amother rec. is "First do no harm" another great book and again I cant remember the title. The first book is a good fictional book to read and the second is based on the life of a doctor at UT Houston (lots of ethical issues are delt with in this book)
  5. WelchAg04

    WelchAg04 Member 7+ Year Member

    Jul 24, 2003
    College Station, TX
    I second Franklin's first two suggestions. 'Complications: A surgeon's note on an imperfect science' was great I thought. Also read almost all of stiff and it is REALLY interesting. It definitely isnt written for the med student, more for the layperson. But still an interesting book.

    I've also read White Coat, by Ellen Lehrner Rothman. Theres some pretty good stories in there too.
  6. WelchAg04

    WelchAg04 Member 7+ Year Member

    Jul 24, 2003
    College Station, TX
    Sorry forgot about one more. I havent picked it up yet but I saw a book in the WWII section called "Nazi Doctors." Its about the atrocities these so-called "doctors" committed to the jewish people. Definitely a good ethics read. OK I'm done for good this time.
  7. stinkycheese

    stinkycheese Stinky and Cheesy 10+ Year Member

    Jun 12, 2004
    Samuel Shem
  8. drdragon

    drdragon Member 5+ Year Member

    Jun 15, 2004
    "First do no harm" by Lisa Belkin
    "House of God" by Sammuel Shem (funny book and insightful, I think it's still relevant to modern medicine)
  9. medicomel

    medicomel Purveyor of short posts. 10+ Year Member

    Becoming a Doctor: A Journey of Initiation in Medical School by Melvin, Md. Konner

    The Intern Blues: The Timeless Classic About the Making of a Doctor by Robert Marion

    What about a definitive book on the status of healthcare today?
    Innovations in medicine?
  10. ms2209

    ms2209 Senior Member 5+ Year Member

    Apr 24, 2004
    I read this as well, and I liked it. I agree, I thought there were lots of good stories and gave you insight into the different specialties.
  11. Marvin O'Connor

    Marvin O'Connor Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Mar 9, 2004
    House of God, House of God, House of God, House of God, and House of God would be my top five suggestions. That book is pure genius. If you love it like I do, also read Catch-22. It's not a med related book, but it does for war what House of God does for docs.
  12. Celestron2000

    Celestron2000 Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Feb 26, 2004
    Philadelphia, PA
    Okay, there are already a ton of threads like this, here's a good really extensive one. Why don't we add to the following thread:
    great premed reads

    and let this one die? :thumbup:

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