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10 Must-Read Books for Medical Students

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10 Must Read Books for Medical StudentsWhat do a spit take-inducing satire, a surgeon’s contemplative memoir on his own death, and a Pulitzer-winning history of cancer have in common? 1) They’re not assigned on your organic chemistry syllabus and 2) they made our list of must-read books for medical students.


On Death and Dying: What the Dying Have to Teach Doctors, Nurses, Clergy and Their Own Families by Elisabeth Kübler-Ross On Death and Dying: What the Dying Have to Teach Doctors, Nurses, Clergy and Their Own Families
by Elisabeth Kübler-Ross
Denial and isolation, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. Sure, you can rattle off the five stages of grief – and it’s all thanks to Kübler-Ross’ 1970 groundbreaking classic. Her empathetic approach gives future physicians a turn-the-tables view into the patient’s and family’s emotional sturm and drang.

How Doctors Think by Jerome Groopman How Doctors Think
by Jerome Groopman
Have you ever been misdiagnosed or had an ailment go undiagnosed? Or have a doctor not hear you during the course of treatment? Groopman’s pleading book examines the how and why behind a doctor’s path to diagnosis and implores patients to advocate on their own behalf. You know, because despite not having up to 11 years of medical training, patients have lived in their bodies x number of years and, you know, might know their bodies best.

The Soul of Medicine: Tales from the Bedside by Sherwin B. Nuland The Soul of Medicine: Tales from the Bedside
by Sherwin B. Nuland
Fashioned after the Canterbury tales, Nuland’s ode to the doctor-patient relationship - one of the must-read books for medical students - asks anesthesiologists, heart surgeons, and PCPs for their most memorable stories. Al ful of accountas medica feld, fascinata and reade.

Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande | 10 Must-Read Books for Medical Students Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End
by Atul Gawande
In medical school, you’ll be taught to save, manage, and extend lives, often without a second thought to maximizing the minimum time a patient might have left. Here, Gawande reflects on what good intentions, well being, and quality of life really mean.

When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi When Breath Becomes Air
by Paul Kalanithi
Neurosurgeon Paul Kalanithi penned this inspiring, ruminative, and hopeful (with a dash of depressing) memoir as he was dying from metastatic lung cancer.

The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer by Siddhartha Mukherjee The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer
by Siddhartha Mukherjee
For all the advances that researchers have made in finding a cure of cancer, the biggest issue remains: the big C had a big head start. This Pulitzer-winning book traces the 5,000-year-old history of cancer, clinical case studies, and patient accounts.

Intern: A Doctor’s Initiation by Sandeep Jauhar Intern: A Doctor’s Initiation
by Sandeep Jauhar
Just starting your internship? Looking ahead, with a bit of cautious fear and joyful anticipation? Jauhar, who contributed to our Match Day story, has walked a mile in those Danskos. The cardiologist’s memoir mixes in the more personal – a difficult father, a friend’s suicide, courting a new girlfriend – with his neophyte days at New York Hospital.

Every Patient Tells a Story by Lisa Sanders Every Patient Tells a Story
by Lisa Sanders
Sanders’ New York Times Magazine “Diagnosis” column helped inspire the TV show House, MD, and with this book she looks at the physical exams, tests, and training behind complex and baffling diagnoses.

Med School Confidential by Robert H. Miller and‎ Dan Bissell Med School Confidential
by Robert H. Miller and‎ Dan Bissell
From the MCATs and applications to residencies and fellowships, this how-to guide traces the ins and outs of getting into and surviving medical school.

The House of God by Samuel Shem The House of God 
by Samuel Shem
What with abusive patients and more abusive chiefs of staff to inappropriate work hi-jinx, we can only guess that today’s most favorite meme-fied phrase “the struggle is real” was probably coined by a medical intern. The only novel on our list, this hilariously absurdist take pulls back the blue ER curtain on the lives of six new interns at a Boston teaching hospital. Bonus pop culture points for its inspiration on St. Elsewhere and Scrubs.

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