I'm nearly a Sophomore pre-med student at NYU, and I was just wondering if there are any good books to read so I can not be so ignorant about medicine. Here are some books that I have in my head that I hope exist, please tell me about them if they do! : a medicine for dummies book that offers everyday facts about how to heal a minor pain, ache, or injury. Have a joint pain? Pour some cayenne pepper on it because it's a counter irritant. Have a cut? some aloe vera. etc. a book that's about some kind of controversial healthcare topic. I'm currently reading Sexual Ecology [a book about AIDS], and I hope to get Medical Apartheid. But just anything about important healthcare issues that I should read up on. A book on medical trivia or things I can memorize or study while in the subway or something. A pocket guide to medicine. A good magazine or website with articles that I can read to stay up to date on medical news. Preferably not a medical journal, though. I need something I can understand. I just basically want a way for myself to spark and foster a genuine interest in medicine and everything along with it, in addition to the boatload of science courses and volunteering/interning I am/will be doing. Plus it's cool to know medical stuff on a whim.