Compiled List of Medical Reads

Hey everyone! As promised, here is the list of compiled suggested medical reads from everyone. I don’t know about you, but I want to buy all of these books and start reading right now! Thank you to everyone that sent me suggested books – this list came from all of you! Take a peek, enhance your library, and learn even more about the amazing and fascinating medical world. At the very bottom of the list is a section titled “Textbooks/References” for pre-meds and medical students. Enjoy!

Why medicine?: And 500 Other Questions for the Medical School and Residency Interviews – Sujay Kansagra, M.D.

Everything I learned in Medical School: Besides All The Book Stuff – Sujay Kansagra, M.D.

Baby Doctor: A Pediatrician’s Training – Perri Klass, M.D.

Intensive Care: The Story of a Nurse  – Echo Heron

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks – Rebecca Skloot

When the Air Hits Your Brain: Tales from Neurosugery – Frank Vertosick Jr., M.D.

The End of Illness – David Agus, M.D.

Monday Mornings: A Novel  – Sanjay Gupta, M.D.

Cheating Death: The Doctors and Medical Miracles that Are Saving Lives Against All Odds – Sanjay Gupta

Complications: A Surgeon’s Notes on an Imperfect Science  – Atul Gawande

Better: A Surgeon’s Notes on Performance – Atul Gawande

The Making of a Surgeon – William Nolen

The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down: A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors, and the Collision of Two Cultures  – Anne Fadiman

The Neuroscience of Sleep – Robert Stickgold and Matthew P. Walker

Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story – Ben Carson, M.D.

Every Second Counts: The Race to Transplant the First Human Heart – Donald McRae

For the Love of Babies: One Doctor’s Stories About Life in the Neonatal ICU – Sue Hall, M.D.

The Ultimate Guidebook For Getting Into Medical School – Chad Rudnick, M.D.

The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer – Siddhartha Mukherjee

Cutting For Stone – Abraham Verghese

The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right – Atul Gawande

Placebo Effects: Understanding the mechanisms in health and disease – Fabrizio Benedetti

The Heart Speaks: A Cardiologist Reveals the Secret Language of Healing – Mimi Guarneri

Heart Matters: A Memoir of a Female Heart Surgeon – Kathy Magliato, M.D.

White Coat: Becoming A Doctor At Harvard Medical School – Ellen Rothman

Sympathy and Science: Women Physicians in American Medicine – Regina Morantz-Sanchez

What I Learned in Medical School: Personal Stories of Young Doctors – Kevin M. Takakuwa, Nick Rubashkin, Karen E. Herzig and Joycelyn Elders

Short White Coat: Lessons from Patients on Becoming a Doctor – James Feinstein

Final Exam: A Surgeon’s Reflections on Mortality (Vintage) – Pauline Chen

The House of God – Samuel Shem

My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist’s Personal Journey – Jill Bolte Taylor, Ph.D.

The Lost Art of Healing: Practicing Compassion in Medicine – Bernard Lown

The Sublime Engine: A Biography of the Human Heart – Stephen Amidon

The Intern Blues: The Timeless Classic About the Making of a Doctor – Robert Marion

My Own Country: A Doctor’s Story – Abraham Verghese

Love in the Time of Cholera (Oprah’s Book Club) – Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Arrowsmith – Sinclair Lewis

The Pact: Three Young Men Make a Promise and Fulfill a Dream – Sampson Davis, George Jenkins, Rameck Hunt, and Lisa Frazier

Every Patient Tells a Story: Medical Mysteries and the Art of Diagnosis – Lisa Sanders

How Doctors Think – Jerome Groopman

Confessions of a Surgeon: The Good, the Bad, and the Complicated…Life Behind the O.R. Doors – Paul Ruggieri, M.D.

The Panic Virus: A True Story of Medicine, Science, and Fear – Seth Mnookin

Med School Confidential: A Complete Guide to the Medical School Experience: By Students, for Students – Robert Miller, Dan Bissell, and Harold Friedman


Principles of Anatomy and Physiology – Gerard Tortora and Bryan Derrickson

Clinical Anatomy – Richard Snell

Lippincott’s Pocket Pathology – Donna Hansel and Renee Dintzis

Handbook of Diseases – Springhouse


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