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I have done a search of this and there are a ton of threads but I was wondering if people could share their favorite books pertaining to the medical field/medical school. I am looking for more current books but add anything you want! Also if you know some good ones on the current changes in the healthcare system that would be great too.
 
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I thoroughly enjoyed Hot Lights, Cold Steel
 
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Cutting for Stone
One Renegade Cell
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
The Emperor of All Maladies
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Finished the House of God about a month ago. I liked it quite a bit. It's like a soft core porno wrapped within whats claimed to be a very harsh, realistic perspective on post graduate training.

Reading through the Harry Potter series (on book 4) now, just because everyone should do that. After that I'm going to get Shem's book after House of God, where he is a small town family doc.
 

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House of God
The Great Influenza

House of God was a horrible book. I'd recommend The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks if you're interested in medical ethics and/or worked in a lab. Also the Game of Thrones series is quite entertaining.
 

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House of God was a horrible book. I'd recommend The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks if you're interested in medical ethics and/or worked in a lab. Also the Game of Thrones series is quite entertaining.

I thought it was funny.. funny enough that someone made the series scrubs afterwards. keep in mind it was written in the 70s. The sequel, Mount Misery, is not nearly as good.
 

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House of God was a horrible book.

I'm interested in hearing why you think that.

I thought it was funny.. funny enough that someone made the series scrubs afterwards. keep in mind it was written in the 70s. The sequel, Mount Misery, is not nearly as good.

That's disappointing, as I was about to read that next. :(
 

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I'm not a book critic so take my synopsis with a grain of salt. It was a while ago that I read it. It was still funny and sarcastic if I recall, just not as awesome as the first one.
 

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Finished the House of God about a month ago. I liked it quite a bit. It's like a soft core porno wrapped within whats claimed to be a very harsh, realistic perspective on post graduate training.

Reading through the Harry Potter series (on book 4) now, just because everyone should do that. After that I'm going to get Shem's book after House of God, where he is a small town family doc.

It is about continuing in a psychology residency, not as a small town doc.

I thought it was funny.. funny enough that someone made the series scrubs afterwards. keep in mind it was written in the 70s. The sequel, Mount Misery, is not nearly as good.

I agree. I was not impressed with Mount Misery. Schlomo was a putz.

I liked Hot lights, cold steel. I started Blue collar, blue scrubs last night. I am more than half way into the book, and he finally got accepted to a medical school. Back then they must have used MedCAT, because he uses the term multiple times. Also, the scoring seems to be different (he got a 515???). Oh well.

I also liked "The immortal life of Henrietta Lacks" it shows how people can take take advantage of others, and not give credit where credit is due.

I think Cutting for Stone was already mentioned. Another good one.

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It is about continuing in a psychology residency, not as a small town doc.




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What's a psychology residency? :p

And I must be confusing mount misery with another Samuel Shem book.
 
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The Gawande books and Hot Lights, Cold Steel.
 

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The DOs: Osteopathic Medicine in America, I've heard nothing but good things about this book. If you're seriously considering DO, definitely is a great read.

As for normal books, it depends what genre you're looking for.
 

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I enjoyed Atul Gawande's books Complications and Better.
 

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House of God was bad. :thumbdown:

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What's a psychology residency? :p

And I must be confusing mount misery with another Samuel Shem book.

Sorry, I was distracted (note- stop posting at work while on a lunch break!). Psychiatry, not psychology.

The whole book is staged in a psych residency. The main character shows up. Introduces himself to the Attending. That night the attending commits suicide, leaving poor resident questioning his desire to be a psychiatrist. Then enters Schomo, another psychiatrist. I don't want to ruin the book, but I wasted a couple of good summer days reading it. I could have been doing something else, like aggravating my pollin allergy by mowing the lawn or something like that. It would have been more fun.

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The DOs: Osteopathic Medicine in America, I've heard nothing but good things about this book. If you're seriously considering DO, definitely is a great read.

As for normal books, it depends what genre you're looking for.

I started to read this but couldn't get past (passed?) the history lesson. I hate history.

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a few great books ive read past few months:

america the beautiful- ben carson ( head of peds neurosurgery at hopkins)
think big-ben carson
1984
aquariums of pyongyang
escape from camp 14
nothing to envy
the fountainhead

am thinking about reading hot lights, cold steel now :D
 
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TR Reid, "The Healing of America" is about looking at other healthcare systems around the world (France, Germany, Japan, Switzerland, Canada) and comparing it to America.
 

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The DOs: Osteopathic Medicine in America, I've heard nothing but good things about this book. If you're seriously considering DO, definitely is a great read.

As for normal books, it depends what genre you're looking for.

It really is a good book. The most striking thing about the book is Gevitz's dry factual tone regarding Osteopathy. It evolves until there is a tinge of respect, maybe even reverence. Most striking about the book is that it does an excellent job of detailing how a group of physicians, barely taken seriously by allopathic medicine a little over 100 years ago, gained complete practice rights in all 50 states and many countries. Whenever I read about all the controversy surrounding osteopathy, I remember this book. It's astounding how far DOs have come and really makes you think about the future. The book doesn't hold back any punches, as Gevitz does a fairly good job of detailing the challenges that face future DOs. It really is a must read before you fill out an AACOMAS application, even if you're just investigating the possibility of applying to an osteopathic medical school. If you're a student of medical history, it is also a good read because you can compare the trials and tribulations of allopathic medicine to osteopathy's. I think many people forget that before the Flexner Report, medical education in the U.S. was a hodgepodge system of truly excellent schools (like Hopkins) and for-profit institutions with a few proprietors loosely affiliated with a college or university. All professions go through growing pains. Furthermore, when you take Still's ideas into context with the times that he lived, you quickly see Still's genius in an age before modern medicines like penicillin. Still rejected the sometimes barbaric practices at the time and, if nothing else, recognized that there had to be a better way of treating disease. That alone is a development worth celebrating.
 
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Sujay Kansagra, "Everything I Learned in Medical School: Besides All the Book Stuff " - Easy read, entertaining and informative.
 
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I started to read this but couldn't get past (passed?) the history lesson. I hate history.

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Id actually agree here...while I did finish it, the DOs was a bit dry for me. And I like history. But it was OK and did have a lot of good info.

Complications was great.

The man who mistook his wife for a hat was awesome.

1984 is a must read. ;)
 

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I just finished The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog by Dr. Bruce Perry, a well-known pioneer in child psychiatry. It was excellent and I'd recommend it to anyone, even if they have no interest in peds, psych, or even medicine at all. It was quite thought-provoking and made me really think about how I want to raise any future children I have as well as how much of an effect early-childhood experiences can have on a child's development.

Also, A Song of Ice and Fire series. Addicting.
 
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Started "House of God".....it is amazing. I am only 60 pages in and I highly recommend it.
 

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A Life in Medicine: A Literary Anthology (light read)
What I Learned in Medical School: Personal Stories of Young Doctors
The Dressing Station: A Surgeon's Chronicle of War and Medicine
Every Patient Tells a Story: Medical Mysteries and the Art of Diagnosis
How We Do Harm: A Doctor Breaks Ranks About Being Sick in America
How Doctors Think
Gawande books.

I'll be picking up Sherlock Holmes short stories this week and starting those.
 
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It really is a good book. The most striking thing about the book is Gevitz's dry factual tone regarding Osteopathy. It evolves until there is a tinge of respect, maybe even reverence. Most striking about the book is that it does an excellent job of detailing how a group of physicians, barely taken seriously by allopathic medicine a little over 100 years ago, gained complete practice rights in all 50 states and many countries. Whenever I read about all the controversy surrounding osteopathy, I remember this book. It's astounding how far DOs have come and really makes you think about the future. The book doesn't hold back any punches, as Gevitz does a fairly good job of detailing the challenges that face future DOs. It really is a must read before you fill out an AACOMAS application, even if you're just investigating the possibility of applying to an osteopathic medical school. If you're a student of medical history, it is also a good read because you can compare the trials and tribulations of allopathic medicine to osteopathy's. I think many people forget that before the Flexner Report, medical education in the U.S. was a hodgepodge system of truly excellent schools (like Hopkins) and for-profit institutions with a few proprietors loosely affiliated with a college or university. All professions go through growing pains. Furthermore, when you take Still's ideas into context with the times that he lived, you quickly see Still's genius in an age before modern medicines like penicillin. Still rejected the sometimes barbaric practices at the time and, if nothing else, recognized that there had to be a better way of treating disease. That alone is a development worth celebrating.

I don't think people give the AOA enough credit. Going from being considered quacks to having equal practicing rights as an MD is quite an accomplishment.
 

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I hear First Aid for the USMLE Step 1 is a good premed read

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Started "House of God".....it is amazing. I am only 60 pages in and I highly recommend it.

It has its ups and downs. I personally liked it. Can't say I loved it. I'll read it again during med school though.
 

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I hear First Aid for the USMLE Step 1 is a good premed read

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It's ok. I found it to be a bit dry. The nmbe shelf prep for IM is a better read. :thumbup:
 

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Can't tell if joking. Praying you guys aren't actually prepping for the boards already... Scary.

I've already done Kaplan qbank twice, rx once, and UWorld once. Working on DIT right now. U jelly?

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I've already done Kaplan qbank twice, rx once, and UWorld once. Working on DIT right now. U jelly?

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I don't know if I'm more disturbed by the fact that you know all of those prep programs or by the fact that I haven't heard of a single one.
Doesn't change things, I'm not cracking a textbook until August. Viva la gap year!
 
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I don't know if I'm more disturbed by the fact that you know all of those prep programs or by the fact that I haven't heard of a single one.
Doesn't change things, I'm not cracking a textbook until August. Viva la gap year!

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Slightly exaggerating, I have heard of a few of those. But you're kidding, right?

He is a known gunner. He is probably serious. He mentioned earlier he was gunning for competitive surgical specialties.

:p

Sent from my Galaxy S2, I think. But I don't really know, I'm just a lowly premed.
 

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He is a known gunner. He is probably serious. He mentioned earlier he was gunning for competitive surgical specialties.

:p

Sent from my Galaxy S2, I think. But I don't really know, I'm just a lowly premed.


I have nothing but respect for those that want a leg-up before the fury starts but I'm going to take the advice of every current med student on here and enjoy my time off while I still have it and my sanity. Mad props to you though, Medpr.
And congrats again on Nova, ravizzle, if that's still where you intend on going. I look forward to hearing about it as it was my close second.
 

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I have nothing but respect for those that want a leg-up before the fury starts but I'm going to take the advice of every current med student on here and enjoy my time off while I still have it and my sanity. Mad props to you though, Medpr.
And congrats again on Nova, ravizzle, if that's still where you intend on going. I look forward to hearing about it as it was my close second.

I'm doing the same. No studying for me. Going to enjoy these last few months of freedom.

Thanks! You can still experience Nova vicariously through me.

Good luck wherever you will be matriculating!

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He is a known gunner. He is probably serious. He mentioned earlier he was gunning for competitive surgical specialties.

:p

Sent from my Galaxy S2, I think. But I don't really know, I'm just a lowly premed.

I have nothing but respect for those that want a leg-up before the fury starts but I'm going to take the advice of every current med student on here and enjoy my time off while I still have it and my sanity. Mad props to you though, Medpr.
And congrats again on Nova, ravizzle, if that's still where you intend on going. I look forward to hearing about it as it was my close second.


Haha I haven't started studying. I did attempt to read Robbins Physio, but that didn't last more than a couple of days.

I probably will be studying a lot more than the average med student though. If that makes me a gunner, then so be it :naughty:
 

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Haha I haven't started studying. I did attempt to read Robbins Physio, but that didn't last more than a couple of days.

I probably will be studying a lot more than the average med student though. If that makes me a gunner, then so be it :naughty:

Thank GOD. I would die if I started school and found out that the majority of students had already done a boatload of board prep. Nightmare status.
I'm perusing through my old anatomy atlas at the rate of about an hour per week and calling that progress. I refuse to be stressed before I absolutely have to be.
Btw KCUMB is the place of my future stomping grounds. Helloooooo Midwest. All hail the vegetarian.
 

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Thank GOD. I would die if I started school and found out that the majority of students had already done a boatload of board prep. Nightmare status.
I'm perusing through my old anatomy atlas at the rate of about an hour per week and calling that progress. I refuse to be stressed before I absolutely have to be.
Btw KCUMB is the place of my future stomping grounds. Helloooooo Midwest. All hail the vegetarian.

I interviewed there. Really loved it. Awesome community feel. Too bad u will be missing out on some bomb BBQ. But I recall the fries at Oklahoma joes being very good, so you still have some options.

Sent from my Galaxy S2, I think. But I don't really know, I'm just a lowly premed.
 
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