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On the Topic of Medicine

A suggested reading list on the topics of medicine, medical education, and health care reform

Non-Fiction: Medical Memoirs and Histories


Better: A Surgeons Notes on Performance Atul Gawande Blind Eye: The Terrifying Story of a Doctor Who Got Away With Murder James Stewart Closing the Chart: A Dying Physician Examines Family, Faith, and Medicine Steven His Complications: A Surgeons Notes on a Imperfect Science Atul Gawande Final Exam: A Surgeons Reflection on Mortality Pauline Chen Forever Ours: Real Stories of Immortality and Living from a Forensic Pathologist, Janis Amatuzio The Great Influenza: The Story of the Deadliest Pandemic in History, John M. Barry Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies Jared Diamond Healing by Heart: Clinical and Ethical Case Stories of Hmong Families and Western Providers Kathleen Culhane-Pera, Dorothy Vawter, Phua Xiong, Barbara Babbitt, and Mary Solberg, Letters to a Young Doctor Richard Selzer Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, a Man Who Would Cure the World Tracy Kidder My Own Country: A Doctors Story Abraham Verghese

Not All of Us Are Saints: A Doctors Journey With the Poor David Hilfiker On Doctoring Edited by Richards Reynolds Sick Societies: Challenging the Myth of Primitive Harmony Robert Edgerton Singular Intimacies: Becoming a Doctor at Bellevue Danielle Ofri Time to Heal: American Medical Education from the Turn of the Century to the Era of Managed Care Kenneth Ludmerer Who Has Seen a Blood Sugar: Reflections on Medical Education Frank Davidoff, Susan Duestch, Kathleen Egan, and Jack Ende When Doctors Become Patients Robert Klitzman The Will to Live and Other Mysteries Rachel Remen The Youngest Science: Notes of a Medicine-Watcher Lewis Thomas

Non-Fiction: Reforming Health Care and Ourselves


Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community Robert Putnam Crucibles of Leadership: How to Learn from Experience to Become a Great Leader Robert Thomas (continued)

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Non-Fiction: Reforming Health Care and Ourselves, continued


Curriculum Development for Medical Education: A SixStep Approach David Kern, Patricia Thomas, and Mark Hughes Epidemic of Care: A Call for Safer, Better, and More Accountable Health Care George C. Halvorson, George Isham Escape Fire: Designs for the Future of Health Care Donald Berwick The Field Guide to Human Error Investigations Sidney Dekker From Chaos to Care: The Promise of Team-based Medicine David Lawrence Getting to Maybe: How the World Is Changed Frances Westley, Brenda Zimmerman, Michael Patton The Healers Power Howard Brody Healthcare, Guaranteed: A Simple, Secure Solution for America Ezekiel Emanuel How Doctors Think Jerome Groopman M.D. The Innovators Prescription: A Disruptive Solution for Health Care Clayton Christensen On the Take: How Medicines Complicity with Big Business Can Endanger Your Health Jerome Kassirer The Health of Nations: Why Inequality Is Harmful to Your Health Ichiro Kawachi Redefining Health Care: Creating Value-Based Competition on Results Michael Porter and Elizabeth Olmsted Teisberg

The Social Transformation of American Medicine: The Rise of a Sovereign Profession and the Making of a Vast Industry Paul Starr The Spirit of Healing: Venture Into the Wilderness to Rediscover the Healing Force David Cumes Through the Patients Eyes: Understanding and Promoting Patient-Centered Care Margert Gerteis, Susan Edgman-Levitan, Jennifer Daly, and Thomas Delbanco The Trust Crisis in Healthcare David A. Shore

Medical-based Fiction
The Other Man Was Me Rafael Campo The Memory Keepers Daughter Kim Edwards Intuition Allegra Goodman The Bedford Murder: An Evidence-Based Clinical Mystery Marshall Goodwin, Geoffery Hodgetts Right of Thirst Frank Huyler Arrowsmith Sinclair Lewis The Magic Mountain Thomas Mann My Sisters Keeper Jodi Picoult