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Recreational Reading Suggestions?

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by cg77, Mar 26, 2007.

  1. cg77

    cg77 You want a toe? 2+ Year Member

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    Just wondering if anyone has read any good books that are relevant to medicine/pre-med/science (NOT MCAT/USMLE prep!). I just finished A Brief History of Time. My dad recommended A Tase of My Own Medicine but apparently it is out of print. My sister recommended "House of God" which is supposedly the Catch 22 of medical stories. I'm looking for more of anything along these lines but I was also wondering about something thats informative about med school in general--something that would be helpful read before beginning classes.

    Thank you for your suggestions!
     
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  3. NN11

    NN11 7+ Year Member

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  4. Generic Member

    Generic Member 2+ Year Member

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    Read a book called "Arrowsmith" by Sinclair Lewis. It's a great story on its own, but there are well treated medical social themes (e.g. money a private practice or research for the sake of science) which make a pre-med think. This book is one of the reasons that Sinclair Lewis won the Nobel Prize for literature.
     
  5. NickRiviera

    NickRiviera MS-Never 2+ Year Member

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    From that link, here are the books I found to be good
    The Spirit Catches You
    Complications
    Kill as Few Patients as Possible
    The D.O.'s: Osteopathic Medicine in America
     
  6. avacado

    avacado 5+ Year Member

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    Henderson the Rain King
     
  7. LizzyM

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

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    Captain Fantastic Physician 10+ Year Member

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    If it's the one I'm thinking of, it's pretty funny.
     
  9. cg77

    cg77 You want a toe? 2+ Year Member

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    Awesome, thanks everyone.
     
  10. johnny pollen

    johnny pollen sleeping soundly 5+ Year Member

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    I know it's grody to read about physics, but Feynman's Six Easy Pieces and Six Not-So-Easy-Pieces are pretty swell. Also, he's fun in The Pleasure of Finding Things Out, although that's slightly less science...y. Or -ish.
     
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    Mortal_Lessons H.Perowne 10+ Year Member

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    I enjoyed his autobiography, "Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman."
     
  12. kdburton

    kdburton Ulnar Deviant 5+ Year Member

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    The Enemy Within - Michael Savage
     
  13. cg77

    cg77 You want a toe? 2+ Year Member

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    lmao kdburton

    i've already read all of MS' political books--your suggestion probably being my favorite of the bunch. but thanks anyway :laugh:
     
  14. O Face

    O Face Ohh Ohh Ohh 2+ Year Member

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    I highly recommend "Freakonomics." It's a little out of the scope of the criteria you mentioned, but it does apply statistical analysis to really intriguing things and shows interesting and baffling results. Either way, I think the book is very enlightening. I read quite a bit and I consider this to be one of my all time favorites.
     
  15. maddscientist

    maddscientist Old man 5+ Year Member

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    For some fun summer reading, I would reccommend "Gravity's Rainbow" by Thomas Pynchon. A little bit of organic chemistry (impolex, and the history of IG Farben), psychology (conditioning of Slothrop), physics (the rockets), and of course lots of pharmacology(drugs). Enjoy!
     
  16. RokChalkJayhawk

    RokChalkJayhawk Muck Fizzou 2+ Year Member

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    I try not to read medicine books. Try something by Steinbeck. How about Cannery Row or Sweet Thursday? Then move on to East of Eden. Definitely worth it.
     

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