Reading list for Bibliophilic doctors: 2021

As medical students, one of our staple activities is reading and yet it’s difficult to find the time to go beyond textbooks and when we do, the lack of representation/poor representation of the medical field can be irksome. So we curated a reading list for medicos/people interested in health. It comprises books related to medicine, illness, discovery and more. Not all of them are about doctors but all of them are about the human condition. We give to you, reading list 2021:

1. The Emperor of All Maladies: Siddhartha Mukherjee

2. My Own Country: Abraham Verghese

3. The Gene: Siddhartha Mukherjee

4. House of God: Samuel Shem

5. The Laws of Medicine: Field Notes from an Uncertain Science: Siddhartha Mukherjee

6. The Checklist Manifesto: Atul Gawande

7. Better: Atul Gawande

8. Being Mortal: Atul Gawande

9. When Breath Becomes Air: Paul Kalanithi

10. Medical Nemesis: Ivan Illich

11. Disabling professions: Ivan Illich

12. The immortal life of Henrietta Lacks: Rebecca Skloot

13. A Stranger Truth: Ashok Alexander

14. Em and the Big Hoom: Jerry Pinto

15. The Innovator’s Prescription: Jason Hwang, Clayton M. Christensen

16. The Man who mistook his wife for a hat: Oliver Sacks

17. Phantoms in the brain: V.S. Ramachandran

18. The Tell-tale brain: V.S. Ramachandran

19. Doctors: Erich Segal

20. Only Love: Erich Segal

21. The Final Diagnosis: Arthur Hailey

22. Do No Harm: Henry Marsh

23. Gene Machine: Venkatraman Ramakrishnan

24. The Citadel: AJ Cronin

25.  On Death and Dying by Elisabeth Kübler-Ross

26. When the Air Hits Your Brain: Frank Vertosick

27. The Ghost Map: The Story of London’s Most Terrifying Epidemic – and How It Changed Science, Cities, and the Modern World: Steven Johnson

28. Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup: John Carreyrou

29. The Panic Virus: Seth Mnookin

30. How Doctors Think: Jerome Groopman

31. Pain: A Political History- Keith Wailoo

32. Girl, Interrupted: Susanna Kaysen

33. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest: Ken Kesey

34. The Bell Jar: Sylvia Plath

35. Brave New World: Aldous Huxley

36. Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers

by Mary Roach

37. Mountains beyond mountains: Tracy Kidder

38. And the Band Played On: Politics, People, and the AIDS Epidemic- Randy Shilts

39. Awakenings by Oliver Sacks

40. A Beautiful Mind by Sylvia Nasar

41. An Anthropologist on Mars: Seven Paradoxical Tales by Oliver Sacks

42. The God Complex by Chris Titus

43. The Mind’s Eye by Oliver Sacks

44. Musicophilia by Oliver Sacks

45. Chronicles of a gynaecologist by Tripti Sharan

46. Pathologies of Power by Paul Farmer

47. Infections and Inequalities by Paul Farmer

48. Ten Lessons in Public Health: Inspiration for Tomorrow’s Leaders by Alfred Sommer

49. The Motorcycle Diaries by Che Guevara

50. Night by Elie Wiesel

51. Complications by Atul Gawande

52. Illness as Metaphor by Susan Sontag

53. AIDS and accusation by Pay Farmer

54. Motivational interviewing : Blake

55. Cutting for stone: Abraham Verghese

56. Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari

57. Homo Deus: Yuval Noah Harari

58.Strong Medicine by Arthur Hailey

59. How We Die by Sherwin B. Nuland

60. Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl

61. Surviving the Angel of Death: The True Story of a Mengele Twin in Auschwitz

62. My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult

63. Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri

64. A Country Doctor’s Notebook by Mikhail Bulgakov

65. Of Human Bondage by W. Somerset Maugham

66. Sickened: The Memoir of a Munchausen by Proxy Childhood by Julie Gregory

67. The Cry and the Covenant by Morton Thompson

68. Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes

69. In the land of invisible women by Qanta Ahmed

70. The Doors of Perception by Aldous Huxley

71. Terminal by Robin Cook

72. Year of the Intern by Robin Cook

73. Harmful Intent by Robin Cook

74. Godplayer by Robin Cook

75. Outbreak by Robin Cook

76. Mutation by Robin Cook

77. A Heartbeat Away by Michael Palmer

78. Silent Treatment by Michael Palmer

79. Second Opinion by Michael Palmer

80. Flashback by Michael Palmer

81. Next by Crichton

82. Andromeda Strain by Crichton

83. The Intern Blues by Robert Marion

84. The Anatomy of Hope by Jerome Groopman

85. This Side of Doctoring: Reflections from Women in Medicine by Eliza Lo Chin

86. A Not Entirely Benign Procedure: Four Years as a Medical Student by Perri Klass

87. Letters to a Young Doctor by Richard Selzer

88. How we live by Sherwin Nuland

89. The doctor stories by William Carlos Williams

90. Love in the time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

91. Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis

92. Cybermedicine: How Computing Empowers Doctors and Patients for Better Health Care, by Warner V. Slack

93. Wasted by Marya Hornbacher

94. My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist’s Personal Journey, by Jill Bolte Taylor, PhD

95. The Social Transformation of American Medicine, by Paul Starr, PhD

96. Not as a Stranger, by Morton Thompson

97. The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, by Jean-Dominique Bauby

98. Genius on the Edge: The Bizarre Double Life of Dr. William Stewart Halsted

Book by Gerald Imber

99. The Knife Man by Wendy Khadijah Moore

100. Rosalind Franklin by Brenda Maddox

(Thanks to Dr Dibyendu S Das, Dr Vishwajit Hegde, Dr Akshay S Dinesh and Shreyaa Sampath for contributing to this list)

Happy Reading!

Dr Shivangi Shankar, Intern

Mysore Medical College and Research Institute

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