Hello everybody! First post-hello-I'm-new post! If all goes well I'll be closing up my software consulting business shortly and heading into a post-bac pre-med program. I hope! This is what I get for getting a degree in Finance and poor grades. I'm a voracious reader and thought I'd share some of the medical books that I've read over the years and have found especially good. I'd also love feedback from other folks about books they've read that have made them think differently about medicine - good or bad and why. Anything related to medicine (and science, of course) is fair game. Remember, if you want to buy one - use the SDN Amazon service - support them! (And that was a completely unsolicited comment on my part.) Also, all these opinions were formed on my own - no outside solicitation, etc. The Intern Blues, Robert Marion, MD - This is probably a classic - at least it should be. It follows four interns over a year. Each chapter follows a different intern at different points in the year. I like it because it gets pretty personal - about their relationships, families, etc. It makes you think about what your life might be like and how you would be willing to live. Final Exam, Pauline W. Chen - This is a pretty new book - still in hardback. The author is a liver transplant surgeon. The book takes pieces from her medical career and explores them fairly deeply. She talks about times she felt like a bad doctor for the way she treated her patients and the times she felt great because of the way she treated them. She explores a bit into how doctors are trained and how that affects patient care. There are some annoying moments when she's "elbow deep in an abdomen" one second and the next reflecting on her Taiwanese upbringing that leave you wanting to go back to that exposed abdomen just for closure (no pun intended). All-in-all it's an emotional, interesting, and honest reflection - worth the read. Becoming a Doctor - Melvin Konner, MD - This guy had a Ph.D. in anthropology as well a family and then decided to go to medical school. He writes about his experiences in his third year at school - when he's first starting to really interact with patients. It's reflective, which is always good. He also does a pretty good job relating the details of what he learned - which to a future doctor is always good. The Medical Science of House, M.D. - Andrew Holtz - Ok, don't make fun of me for this one. I actually liked it. It's a super quick read - I'm talking like The Da Vinci Code quick. It uses the TV show for structure, but no real commentary - which is fine by me. It's a good holistic overview of the medical profession. If you want to be a doctor because you think House is cool I encourage you to read this and think seriously about your ability to tell the difference between fiction and reality. The Greatest Benefit to Mankind: A Medical History of Humanity - Roy Porter - I'm jumping the gun on this one since I'm not finished with it yet (p409/718). It's got a lot of content, all of which is interesting, but it is a bit dry. I think this is one of those "if you really want to appreciate medicine you need to read it" books. I'll probably re-visit this opinion once I finish it. Can't wait to see what other people have read and liked!