10 Must Read books for Medical students and professionals alike.

Editorial

Here we present you 9 books which are picked with the utmost care to give you an absolutely immersive reading experience.

1.Harrison’s Principles of Internal Medicine

edited by J. Larry Jameson, MD, PhD, Anthony S. Fauci, MD, Dennis L. Kasper, MD, et al

9 Must Read books for Medical students and professionals alike.

Now in its 20th edition, Harrison’s has been the go-to guide for decades to obtain current understanding of pathophysiology for internal medicine specialists.

Why did it make a major impact like that? “An internal medicine physician said,” One of my mentors I trained had trained and began the programme with Dr. Harrison. I learnt not only medicine but life lessons from him and his experiences.

A cardiologist said: “I read and intend to read the new edition for recertification on the 14th, 15th, and 16th editions. This book was so vast in its depth that it made me fall in love with internal medicine.”

2.Atlas of Human Anatomy

by Frank H. Netter, MD

9 Must Read books for Medical students and professionals alike.

Netter’s Atlas of Human Anatomy is still the only anatomy atlas illustrated by doctors in its 7th edition, presenting clear-cut views of the human body along with scientific viewpoints.

Why did it make a major impact like that? “In medical school, it was my first book. I will feed, sleep, and breathe it,” an ophthalmologist said.

“A physician in sports medicine wrote:” I find Netter’s Anatomy to be an informative book with detailed specifics and facts on everything from bone, muscle, nerve, etc. It is the best and most entertaining anatomy book ever written! I would certainly claim that this book helped me in my career choice in sports medicine and non-operational orthopaedics, and I still use it regularly.

3. The Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy

edited by Robert S. Porter, MD

9 Must Read books for Medical students and professionals alike.

For years, this convenient tome has been a mainstay on the desks of physicians. This encyclopaedic desk guide, now back in its 20th edition and weighing in at a whopping 3,530 words, offers a succinct yet detailed description of the diagnosis and treatment of just about any medical disorder.

Why did it make a major impact like that? “It was the first book that explained illness and recovery comprehensively,” an emergency medicine physician said. “It’s sort of for its content, the medical bible, and it’s useful for looking up interesting, odd diseases.”

4. The Emperor of all Maladies: A Biography of Cancer, by Siddhartha Mukherjee, MD, DPhil

9 Must Read books for Medical students and professionals alike.

The 2011 Pulitzer Prize for general nonfiction was awarded to this book, and it has gained praise from reviewers and clinicians alike. Recently, Dr Bruce Cheson, a haematologist and professor at Georgetown University in Washington DC, sent each of his fellow students a copy of the book. It talks not only about how we got to our new surgical procedures and chemotherapy but also about people and how important they were to their personalities and drive; what they did; and how they overlooked things often, “he says.” “I sent this book to my team because I feel like you’re not going to know where you’re going if you don’t know where you’ve been.” Dr Cheson describes the book as well written and easy to read. “This is a great lesson on how to deal with patients, how to deal with the system and the significance of oncology and haematology history.”

Initially, this book can be overwhelming. It’s all dense. History is about it. It has to do with cancer. As a high school graduation present, I got it and figured I might never get to read it. I wanted to break the book open instead of these daunting first thoughts and I quickly devoured it. At first sight, the Emperor of All Maladies may appear as a laborious cancer biography, but in fact, there is far more to the novel. Mukherjee begins with the first cancer reports thousands of years ago and leads the reader on a path through the latest cutting-edge science. To keep you practically on the edge of the seats, he frames the big incidents in the history of cancer. He explains the vast past of the disease so eloquently that it is now one of the biggest health issues of our country. There is no other book out there like this one, and for medical students, it is a must-read, since they will probably experience cancer at any stage in their medical school or practise. The Gene: An Personal Past, which was also published with stellar reviews, was also written by Mukherjee.

5. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebecca Skloot

9 Must Read books for Medical students and professionals alike.

This book has received several awards, including the 2011 Best Book Award by the National Academy of Sciences. “It was described by one Medscape reader as” un-put-downable. “Hematologist Dr Bruce Cheson gives each of his fellows a copy of this book:” This is a tale of the HeLa cell — the first human cancer cell to be cultivated and cultivated, “he says. “Not only did it evolve and culture, but it continued to grow and gave us lessons about how to toggle on and off genes. It contributed to the development of the polio vaccine and other vaccines as well as all sorts of tissue culture techniques.” This true tale started at a time when “informed consent” was not yet commonly adopted, so the Henrietta Loses family — the HeLa cell source — only discovered the HeLa cell source. Dr Cheson claims the novel poses serious ethics concerns. “I don’t know of any book I’ve read in the last few years that I can highly recommend.”

6. Being Mortal by Atul Gawande

9 Must Read books for Medical students and professionals alike.

I believe Atul Gawande, like Siddhartha Mukherjee, is a must-read author for any medical student. He has some great works, apart from Being Mortal, such as The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get It Right and Complications: Notes from a Physician on an Incomplete Science. It was the first of Gawande’s books I read to be Mortal, and I’m so happy I did. The conventional notion is that physicians should save the lives of people and cause no harm, which is still 100 % true. Gawande, though, touches on an issue that must be faced by any practitioner but never speaks of end-of-life decisions. In particular, he discusses assisted living services and surgical treatments in a thoughtful way for elderly people. The novel delves into the uncomfortable issue of death and the inevitable fact that it is appropriate to end all lives. Gawande, though, presents this issue in a manner that is important for all health-care practitioners to understand.

7. Cutting for Stone by Abraham Varghese

9 Must Read books for Medical students and professionals alike.

After going to a conference where Varghese was the keynote speaker, I purchased Cutting for Stone. I loved the book thoroughly, and I believe it is very different from other novels published by authors-doctors. Although other medically focused novels are set in a hospital’s familiar atmosphere and detail medical school encounters, Varghese provides a markedly different setting. Set in Ethiopia, Cutting for Stone centres on two twin brothers whose mother died during childbirth and whose father escaped. The novel has various storylines that range from an evolving political environment to tales about coming-of-age, but as a medical student, the medical issues are brilliantly combined to help mould your viewpoint. The twins are raised by two doctors and when you read the novel, the skills to be learned as a medical student are clear without giving too much away. In this novel, I particularly enjoyed how Varghese takes you to a very different world, but he is also able to tie in essential universal messages.

8. When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

9 Must Read books for Medical students and professionals alike.

There is a virtually 100 percent probability that this book will be discussed either in medical school (or while speaking about the medical school to a non-medical person). When Breath Becomes Air is a memoir written by Kalanithi outlining his views as a surgeon on confronting stage 4 non-small — cell lung cancer. In March 2015, Kalanithi died and his memoirs were posthumously published. This novel has influenced readers, including those not in the medical profession, anywhere. It is a novel which is tragic, raw, and heavy.

9. What Doctors Feel — Danielle Ofri

Physicians are committed and hold an oath of selflessness to their patients. In their most vulnerable moments, doctors are there for patients. Physicians, however, are still human and experience the same complexity of feelings: sorrow, anger, pleasure, fear, grief, joy and guilt. Ofri lifts the curtain to show her emotional encounters and how dwelling on them has influenced her as a practitioner in What Doctors Feel: How Feelings Influence the Practice of Medicine. I conclude that the book of Ofri is a must-read as future doctors to prepare for dealing with patients and gain insight on your own thoughts and emotions.

10. Bad Science by Ben Goldacre

Undoubtedly, a must-read if you’re interested (which you should be!) in the study. This gem mixes humour with reality, to shine a light on what happens behind any discovery, as well as what happens in the laboratory when things go slow.

The underlying concepts of the scientific method of science are explained in a sarcastic, eye-opening fashion in this book by the British physician and scholar Ben Goldacre. He describes the fraud used by certain academics, colleges and research journals, and the concerns created by, yes, as he puts it, poor science. This ranges from pointing out the dodgy statements made after an easy news report by scaremongering journalists, to academics themselves covering substantial findings precisely so they will not disclose them. In order to give you an understanding of the realities of science, this book is highly recommended, while also being light-hearted and enjoyable to read. Ideal for a reading list for a summer break!

References:

https://www.mdlinx.com/article/10-most-influential-books-for-doctors-voted-by-you/lfc-4128

https://www.medscape.com/features/slideshow/booklist

6 Must-Read Books for Medical Students

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