What books should be required reading for healthcare personnel?

  1. Strongly recommend “Thinking Fast and Slow” for anyone but particularly EM/critical care/hospitalist if you will constantly need to make decisions quickly in the face of multiple distractions

  2. It's perfect for physicians.. even harrison's medicine uses it as reference in some chapters about decision making.

  3. Stiff was the first book me and a friend read by her and we both plan to be cadavers. Mary's book;Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal is also entertaining.

  4. It sounds dry, but the introduction to the Oxford Handbook of Clinical Medicine offers some of the most profound meditations I've ever read.

  5. This is by far the best recommendation, hyper focus on medicine stunts holistic care (also please take time to read for your own mental well-being not just for work)

  6. Fr, physicians used to do so much more than just hyper focus on medicine. They used to be philosophers, engineers, writers, etc.

  7. I think Man's 4th Best Hospital by Samuel Sham offers a great updated perspective on healthcare - includes all the same great characters from House of God.

  8. One of my all-time favorite books! For anyone that decides to read this, I think it’s worth mentioning that the first 70ish pages aren’t representative of the whole book. The beginning is about this health care gauntlet that a refugee family tries to navigate. I remember it feeling a bit dry and clinical. But it’s to make a point and then the rest of the book is absolutely phenomenal!

  9. I have read this book 2-3 times for my various cultural classes. Most likely because we live so close to where the book takes place.

  10. Am I losing my mind or is there no book title mentioned in this comment? Multiple responses about said unnamed book as well. I'm so lost.

  11. I don't know if it should be required, but I read Better by Atul Gawande before the start of each year of medical school, and I wholeheartedly recommend it

  12. I read that a couple years ago, before med school. I enjoyed it a ton. Might be time to give it another go now that I'm an M3.

  13. I read this a few weeks ago after seeing the TV series. The gravity of the themes are balanced by a dark humor that keeps it enjoyable without getting silly and betraying the mood. It’s a really impressive bit of writing.

  14. Great book. He does an incredible job of breaking up the more technical science by tying it into a patient interaction or other real life situation. His other book, the Gene, is equally great.

  15. Not a health care provider but have read it. Excellent read. I was fascinated by the history of cancer research particularly. The PBS series is also excellent.

  16. Honestly, the writing itself is so beautiful, I've read it all the way through twice. And I gift it to everyone I know. It's worth the commitment.

  17. it's big but a very easy read. Does a great job of having information for people with no medical experiences and those with medical knowledge.

  18. Combine this with The Emperor of All Maladies, and you’ll be as informed about the history and practice of oncology as a non-specialist can be, imo.

  19. I read it the first time during intern year and loved it. I went back and tried to re-read it a few years out of fellowship, and it was too triggering to be enjoyable. I think there’s a golden window (likely during early training) when it’s golden.

  20. I've been telling everyone this. I read it before med school and now as a PGY-3. It's awesome and the fat man is spot on. Doing nothing is doing something.

  21. I just read this after my first year of med school. We've started to be integrated into the hospital and clinics. It was really an interesting take on things and I'm glad I read it now!

  22. Maybe this is an unpopular opinion, but this book is garbage. I can seeing it being appealing in your first 1-2 years around medicine, but after that, the “in-jokes” lose their luster and it doesn’t have any redeeming qualities.

  23. This was a really powerful and deeply distressing book. I imagine for a lot of healthcare providers/workers the breakdowns that happened in NOLA are all the more terrifying and relatable in a post Covid world.

  24. I just read this after seeing the new TV series! Both of them are exceptional, but the book and article are damn nearly traumatic.

  25. I scrolled to find this answer. Copies are 4-5$ on eBay and I try to keep one in my nursing bag. I hand them out any chance I get. Profound. I seen myself and my peers described in the book. The way the rumor mill engulfed the hospital is very relatable. It also was an evidence based example of the length corporate will go to screw people over, cover for themselves, save cash, and conspire to commit crimes to avoid taking responsibility for their failures. The ethical debate about euthanasia was just an added piece for the mind to ponder.

  26. In shock by Dr Rana Awdish Medical Apartheid by Harriet Washington (this one is really hard but helped me understand just how racist and harmful medicine has been in a historical context)

  27. One of my attendings bought us In Shock at graduation. I talk to patients now differently than I did In some ways before I read it. Recommend 100%.

  28. Medical Apartheid is a must read. Western medicine has a fucked up history of abusing POC and I feel like it really put into perspective why many still mistrust medical professionals. It's an uncomfortable/enraging read but honestly necessary.

  29. All I could think about reading "When Breath Becomes Air" was "why are you still doing grueling NSGY training instead of spending time with your family???" So sad.

  30. The Upside of Down, by Susan Biggar. She had two of her children born with cystic fibrosis, while living in different countries, and her experiences with their treatment in the different health care systems from the patient perspective are really interesting. On Amazon

  31. I’m thrilled to find Bosk’s book here. It began as his PhD thesis, as I recall, and became a landmark of medical anthropology. It’s a fascinating examination of, among other things, the culture and process of dealing with errors in surgical practice.

  32. Ghost Boy by Martin Pistorious. A healthy boy fell into a shell of a human. He was sleeping, not moving and unable to communicate. Eventually a healthcare team member noticed a flick in his eye (if I remember it correctly). Turns out he was trapped in his body but comprehended everything around him. That book changed how I communicate even around patients that are terminal, unresponsive..... I always assume they can hear and are listening.

  33. When The Body Says No by Gabor Mate, Musicophilia by Oliver Sacks, The Body Keeps The Score by Bessel van der Kolk, How We Die by Sherwin Nuland.

  34. I thought it was a great example of how bad medicine can be when someone is dying of an incurable illness. The scene when he asks his oncologist for a prognostic estimate and she refuses to tell him was not a moving scene of a dedicated physician trying to help her patient, in my opinion. It was an example of the hubris of medicine and how doing more can cause suffering.

  35. I couldn't get through it. I hate to speak ill of the dead but the author was such a narcissist

  36. I read Cutting for Stone as I started my medical education, the summer before med school actually. Beautifully written. I think I will give it another read.

  37. Arthur Kleinman’s “The Illness Narratives,” which is nearly the founding document of modern medical anthropology, is essential.

  38. "How we do harm" by Otis Brawley. "The Spirit catches you and you fall Down" to better understand the views of non western cultures on western medicine. "Braiding Sweetgrass" to better understand Native American beliefs. "The Immortal life of Henrietta Lacks" to understand cancer and the effect of racism on medicine.

  39. Vaccinated (Offit). Tobacco: A Global Threat (Crofton). Teeth (Otto). The Great Influenza (Barry). Tears of Salt (Bartolo). The Perfect Predator (Strathdee & Patterson). Where There Is No Doctor (Werner). Mirage of Health (Dubos). The Fears of the Rich, the Needs of the Poor (Foege).

  40. How Doctors Think is a really good read and made me self-reflect about how I practice. I would recommend it to everyone including patients.

  41. Check out the author Lindsey Fitzharris. Sadly, she's facing a new cancer diagnosis and cancelled her book tour for The Facemaker, which is about the history of plastic surgery, particularly in warfare. Her first was The Butchering Art about Joseph Lister and germ theory. She's a medical historian and a very talented writer. They're fascinating reads but aren't heavy and they're accessible to both clinicians and layman I think.

  42. Not a book, but I think this is essential reading for US hospital based physicians, at least everyone in the ED:

  43. You should read things that make you feel happy, you will never know when what you read in a book unrelated to medicine will help you in life or even in patient care.

  44. If you’re in to doorstops: *Reputation and Power *by David Carpenter. A comprehensive history of the modern FDA.

  45. I think more stuff should not be required. Enough things are already required. It’s my life. Let me live it as I choose.

  46. Routledge Handbook of Health Communication. I may be biased because I have a signed version of the latest edition (and it's my field) but providers can be... bad at health communication.

  47. Pretty much everything by Brandon Sanderson. Nothing to do with healthcare, but pretty sure it'll make you a better person all around.

  48. the bible. it's the most important book in a lot of your patients' lives, so especially if you're not religious, it's worth a read to understand where they're coming from. it also has a nice message, sort of.

  49. Unless you’re going to engage in and with Bible scholarship, it’s hard to read it cover to cover and get much out of it.

  50. The Empathy Exams by Leslie Jamison, a collection of essays that vary pretty widely in their subject matter but are tied together thematically by questions about pain, empathy, etc. I first read her work in high school and it really shaped my worldview re: the diversity of the human experience. The titular essay is largely about her experiences playing a standardized patient (dramatized, presumably, but still interesting), and can be read online

  51. Do No Harm was very interesting, but I came away thinking he was a bit of a tool, particularly when he complains bitterly about a temporary anaesthetist not wanting to do extra cases after hours because they had to pick up their child, or complains about his registrars not being up his standards.

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