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Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by rkay, Mar 2, 2007.

  1. rkay

    rkay 2+ Year Member

    Jan 25, 2007
    what are some good medical type books to read? i recently finished Complications by Atul Gawande and i don't know what to read next.
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  3. yomama'sdoctor

    yomama'sdoctor 2+ Year Member

    Sep 11, 2006
    Mountains Beyond Mountains- the obvious one

    Stiff- Not directly medical, but really cool!
  4. amester07

    amester07 2+ Year Member

    Feb 28, 2007
    The House of God by Samuel Shem

    It's a fiction ... take a look at to see you if you can handle something like this first :p ... yes, I remain optimistic (or just naively idealistic) about medicine :)
  5. rkay

    rkay 2+ Year Member

    Jan 25, 2007
    I've heard about that book. It seems pretty interesting i'll check it out.
  6. twick121

    twick121 5+ Year Member

    Feb 27, 2007
    Next by Michael Chrichton
  7. husky0684

    husky0684 2+ Year Member

    Dec 18, 2006
    there are a bunch of threads on this topic but I posted one a while back regarding " Final Exam: A surgeon's reflections on Mortality" by Pauline Chen...I thought it was good, nothing life-changing, but still good...I agree with other posters though, mountains beyond mountains was great
  8. beyondcategory

    beyondcategory 5+ Year Member

    Dec 14, 2006
    I think that The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down by Anne Fadiman is a great read- pretty much about the clashes of Eastern/Western medicine.

    And then a good book on the effects of being uninsured in a city:
    Mama Might Be Better Off Dead: The Failure of Heath Care in Urban America - Laurie Abraham

    Then medicine as social justice MUST reads:

    Pathologies of Power
    Infections and Inequalities- both by Paul honestly life changing books :)
  9. youngnflyy

    youngnflyy Member 5+ Year Member

    Oct 31, 2005
    Not too long ago a thread was made with a crap-load of books listed. So definitely do a search, it was very beneficial to me. I enjoyed reading House of God, On Call: a doctor's days and nights in residency, and Complications: a surgeons notes on an imperfect science.
  11. To reiterate something I said in the previous thread......
  12. My recommended reading list:
    General Ethics and Leadership: The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli
    Clinical Ethics: So There Were These Twins.... by Dr. Josef Mengele (I also highly recommend his followup The Tourist's Guide to the Hidden Secret Places of Argentina )
    Social Theory: Mein Kampf or Pol Pot's Bodies? What Bodies?
    Interpersonal communications: How to Reign Over and Influence People by Idi Amin
    Setting Goals and Achieving them: How to Rule the World: A Handbook for the Aspiring Dictator
  13. Fiddlergirl

    Fiddlergirl 7+ Year Member

    Jan 20, 2007
    If you're interested in current medical issues I recommend
    Health Politics: Power, Populism and Health, by Mike Magee
  14. Tired Pigeon

    Tired Pigeon 7+ Year Member

    Jan 27, 2007
    :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:

    Excellent recommendations. Especially the Pol Pot....
  15. youngnflyy

    youngnflyy Member 5+ Year Member

    Oct 31, 2005
    lmao :laugh:
  16. LizzyM

    LizzyM the evil queen of numbers Faculty SDN Advisor 10+ Year Member

    Mar 7, 2005
  17. Packamylase

    Packamylase MSIV 5+ Year Member

    Why limit ourselves to medical books?

    Blind, Tipping Point - Malcolm Gladwell
    Freakonomics - Steven Levitt
    The Series of Unfortunate Events - "Lemony Snicket"

    I would suggest The DO's: Osteopathic Medicine in America as a good medical history book.
  18. spicedmanna

    spicedmanna Moderator Emeritus 7+ Year Member

    To which I'd like to add:

    Jonathan Livingston Seagull, by Richard Bach.

    The Alchemist, by Paulo Coelho.
  19. Jccripe

    Jccripe 2+ Year Member

    Sep 12, 2006
    When the air hits your brain tales of neurosurgery! Awesome!!

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