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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?

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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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    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

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

    cg77 You want a toe?

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    Awesome, thanks everyone.
     
  10. johnny pollen

    johnny pollen sleeping soundly

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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

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

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    The Enemy Within - Michael Savage
     
  13. cg77

    cg77 You want a toe?

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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

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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.
     
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    maddscientist Old man

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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!
     
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  17. RokChalkJayhawk

    RokChalkJayhawk Muck Fizzou

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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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