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Best Medical Books

Explore the essential reads in medicine, curated from authoritative sources and ranked based on their prevalence in expert reviews and recommendations.

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When Breath Becomes Air
Paul Kalanithi - 2016-01-12
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This memoir follows a neurosurgeon's journey through the diagnosis of stage IV lung cancer, leaving him to confront his own mortality. Proceeding with honesty and raw emotion, he poignantly explores life's meaning when faced with death and the challenges of being a new father while nurturing a new life as another fades away. A must-read for those seeking insight into life's profound questions.
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Being Mortal
Medicine and What Matters in the End
Atul Gawande - 2014-10-07
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This book explores the challenging topic of how medicine can improve not only life, but also the process of dying. Atul Gawande, a practicing surgeon, tackles the limitations of his profession and argues that quality of life should be the ultimate goal for patients and families. He offers examples of more fulfilling models for caring for the elderly and explores hospice care to show that the end of life can still be rich and dignified.
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Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat
Oliver W. Sacks - 1998-04-02 (first published in 1985)
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Explore the extraordinary world of neurological disorders through personal case studies. This book presents patients with bizarre perceptual and intellectual aberrations, vividly conveying their struggles to live with memory loss, loss of recognition, and violent tics. These deeply human tales showcase life's perseverance in the face of overwhelming adversity and provide a window into the lives of the neurologically impaired.
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The Emperor of All Maladies
A Biography of Cancer
Siddhartha Mukherjee - 2010-11-16
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Explore the fascinating history of cancer with this Pulitzer Prize-winning "biography" that takes readers on a journey from its first documented appearance thousands of years ago to modern-day treatments. With the precision of a cellular biologist and the passion of a biographer, the author tells the story of human perseverance and hubris in the face of an infinitely resourceful adversary. Riveting, urgent, and surprising, this book provides hope and clarity to those seeking to demystify cancer and offers a glimpse into the future of cancer treatments.
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A Surgeon's Notes on an Imperfect Science
Atul Gawande - 2003-04-01 (first published in 2013)
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A surgeon's thought-provoking exploration of the challenges and humanity of medicine through real-life cases. Nominated for the National Book Award.
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The House of God
Samuel Shem - 2003-07-01 (first published in 1978)
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Discover the hilarious and eye-opening world of medicine with this novel. Follow six interns from the top of their medical school class to the bottom of the hospital staff as they navigate the challenges of their first year. With a cast of memorable characters, including the all-knowing resident known as the Fat Man and plenty of nubile nurses, readers will feel like they're part of the action. This book reveals everything your doctor never wanted you to know, all while making you laugh out loud.
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Mountains Beyond Mountains
Tracy Kidder - 2004-08-31 (first published in 2003)
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A riveting non-fiction narrative, Mountains Beyond Mountains shares the inspiring true story of Paul Farmer, a gifted doctor and Harvard professor who believes that the only real nation is humanity. Farmer’s extraordinary dedication to curing infectious diseases and bringing modern medicine to those who need it most takes readers on a journey from Harvard to Haiti, Peru, Cuba, and Russia. With the help of Partners in Health, the Gates Foundation, and others, Farmer shows how radical change can be fostered and how a meaningful life can be created based on hope and an understanding of the truth that beyond every problem there lies another mountain to climb.
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Robbins and Cotran Review of Pathology
Edward C. Klatt - 2004-11-26 (first published in 2000)
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This user-friendly review book covers over 1,100 updated questions on the fundamentals of pathology, including gross and microscopic pathology, molecular biology, and genetics. It is an ideal study tool for coursework, self-assessment, and exams, including the USMLE Step 1 examination in pathology. With clinical vignette-style questions, extended-matching formats, and detailed explanations, this book enhances your understanding of key content, pathophysiology, and diagnostic skills. Plus, it includes a final comprehensive exam of 50 USMLE-style questions covering random topics. The new edition also features hot topics in pathology and new illustrations that enhance visual guidance.
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A Surgeon's Notes on Performance
Atul Gawande - 2007-04-03
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This nonfiction book by a practicing surgeon explores the universal drive to do better and how doctors strive to close the gap between best intentions and best performance. Atul Gawande shares gripping stories from battlefield surgical tents in Iraq, to labor and delivery rooms in Boston, and even to a polio outbreak in India. He studies ethical dilemmas of doctors' participation in lethal injections and the influence of money on modern medicine. Gawande gives rare insight into the elements of success and underscores the importance of diligence and ingenuity.
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Atlas of Human Anatomy
Frank H. Netter - 2006-07-07 (first published in 1989)
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This acclaimed anatomy atlas provides beautifully detailed views of the human body from a clinical perspective. Created by physician-artists, it features the renowned work of Dr. Frank Netter and nearly 100 paintings by Dr. Carlos A. G. Machado. With over 50 radiologic images included, this 7th edition is an indispensable resource for medical professionals and students alike.
The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down by Fadiman
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
Robbins & Cotran Pathologic Basis of Disease by Vinay Kumar
Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese
When the Air Hits Your Brain by Frank T. Vertosick Jr.
Stiff by Mary Roach
Rapid Review Pathology by Edward F. Goljan
The Gene by Siddhartha Mukherjee
Do No Harm by Henry Marsh
The White Coat Investor by James M Dahle
Guyton and Hall Textbook of Medical Physiology by John E. Hall
How We Die by Sherwin B. Nuland
Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine by Dennis Kasper
Clinical Microbiology Made Ridiculously Simple by Mark Gladwin
Step-Up to Medicine by Dr. Steven Agabegi MD
Clinically Oriented Anatomy by Keith L. Moore Msc Hon. Dsc Fiac
Cope's Early Diagnosis of the Acute Abdomen by William Silen
Every Patient Tells a Story by Lisa Sanders
High-Yield™ Neuroanatomy by Douglas J. Gould
The Intern Blues by Robert Marion
BRS Embryology by Ronald W. Dudek
Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande
Intern by Sandeep Jauhar
The Code Breaker by Walter Isaacson
Smoke Gets in Your Eyes by Caitlin Doughty
My Own Country by Abraham Verghese
Color Atlas of Anatomy by J. W. Rohen, C. Yokochi, E. Lütjen-Drecoll
Hot Lights, Cold Steel by Michael J. Collins
God's Hotel by Victoria Sweet
The Real Doctor Will See You Shortly by Matt McCarthy
Netter's Anatomy Flash Cards by John T. Hansen
Bates' Guide to Physical Examination and History Taking by Lynn S. Bickley MD FACP
What Doctors Feel by Danielle Ofri
The Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy by Mark H. Beers
How We Do Harm by Otis Webb Brawley
Blue Collar, Blue Scrubs by Michael J. Collins
Medical Terminology by David Andersson
BRS Physiology by Linda S. Costanzo
Current Medical Diagnosis and Treatment 2022 by Maxine Papadakis, Stephen McPhee, Michael Rabow, Kenneth McQuaid
Pathophysiology of Heart Disease by Leonard S Lilly
Dr. Pestana's Surgery Notes by Dr. Carlos Pestana
CURRENT Medical Diagnosis and Treatment 2019 by Maxine Papadakis
Basic and Clinical Pharmacology 15e by Bertram G. Katzung, Anthony J. Trevor
Surgical Recall by Lorne Blackbourne
Clinical Neuroanatomy made ridiculously simple by Stephen Goldberg M. D
Case Files Internal Medicine, Sixth Edition by Eugene Toy, Gabriel Aisenberg
Rosen's Emergency Medicine - Concepts and Clinical Practice E-Book by Ron Walls, Robert Hockberger, Marianne Gausche-Hill Facep Faap
Review of Medical Microbiology and Immunology 15E by Warren Levinson
Blueprints Obstetrics Gynecology by Dr. Tamara Callahan M.D.
First Aid for the Psychiatry Clerkship by Latha Ganti, Matthew Kaufman, Sean Blitzstein
Case Files Obstetrics and Gynecology, Sixth Edition by Eugene Toy, Patti Ross, Benton Baker, John Jennings
Immunology Made Ridiculously Simple by Massoud Mahmoudi
High-Yield Embryology5thEdition by Dudek PhD, Ronald W. published by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins by Ronald W. Dudek
First Aid for the Surgery Clerkship by Latha Ganti, Matthew Kaufman, Nitin Mishra
Case Files Family Medicine by Eugene Toy, Donald Briscoe, Bruce Britton, Joel John Heidelbaugh
Med School Confidential by Robert H. Miller
Robbins and Kumar Basic Pathology, 11th Edition-South Asia Edition - E-Book by Vinay Kumar Mbbs Frcpath, Abul K. Abbas Mbbs, Jon C. Aster, Andrea T Deyrup
Neuroanatomy Atlas in Clinical Context by Duane E. Haines
First Aid for the Emergency Medicine Clerkship (First Aid Series) by Latha Ganti, Matthew Kaufman
Blueprints Emergency Medicine by Nathan Mick, Jessica Radin Peters, Daniel Egan, Eric Nadel
BRS Cell Biology and Histology by Leslie P. Gartner
This Side of Doctoring by Eliza lo Chin
Pediatrics Pretest Self-Assessment and Review, Fifteenth Edition by Robert Yetman, Mark Hormann
Pretest Emergency Medicine, Fifth Edition by Adam Rosh, Ciara Barclay-Buchanan
Physiology PreTest Self-Assessment and Review 14/E by Patricia Metting
Pathology by Earl J. Brown
First Aid for the Medicine Clerkship by Matthew Kaufman, Latha Ganti, Dennis Chang, Alfredo J. Mena Lora
Psychiatry Pretest Self-Assessment and Review, 15th Edition by Debra Klamen, Philip Pan
First Aid for the Obstetrics & Gynecology Clerkship by Shireen Madani Sims, Sarah K. Dotters-Katz, Latha Ganti, Matthew Kaufman
Pretest Obstetrics & Gynecology, Fifteenth Edition by Shireen Madani Sims
Blueprints Psychiatry by Michael Murphy M.D.
This Won't Hurt a Bit by Michelle Au
Five Days at Memorial by Sheri Fink
How Doctors Think by Jerome Groopman
Case Files Pediatrics, Sixth Edition by Eugene Toy, Robert Yetman, Mark Hormann, Margaret McNeese, Sheela Lahoti, Mark Jason Sanders, Abby Geltemeyer
In Stitches by Anthony Youn
Case Files Surgery, Sixth Edition by Eugene Toy, Terrence Liu, Andre Campbell, Barnard Palmer
Case Files Psychiatry, Sixth Edition by Eugene Toy, Debra Klamen
On Call by Emily Transue
A Not Entirely Benign Procedure by Perri Klass
Final Exam by Pauline W. Chen
Kill as Few Patients as Possible by Oscar London
Robbins Basic Pathology by Vinay Kumar Mbbs Frcpath
This is Going to Hurt by Adam Kay
How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie, Robert Petkoff, Donna Dale Carnegie, Simon & Schuster Audio
Surgery Pretest Self-Assessment and Review, Fourteenth Edition by Lillian Kao, Tammy Lee
Pretest Neurology 10th Edition by David Anschel
Lippincott Illustrated Reviews by Emine E. Abali, Susan D. Cline, David S. Franklin, Susan M. Viselli
Netter Atlas of Human Anatomy by Frank H. Netter MD
Basic Immunology by Abul K. Abbas Mbbs, Andrew H. Lichtman, Shiv Pillai