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Best Medical History Books: The Ultimate Collection

Here is a list of the best Medical History books, some I have read myself, some that I did research on, and all have great reviews!

The Greatest Benefit to Mankind: A Medical History of Humanity (The Norton History of Science) (1999)

 Best Medical History Books: The Ultimate Collection“To combine enormous knowledge with a delightful style and a highly idiosyncratic point of view is Roy Porter’s special gift, and it makes [this] book . . . alive and fascinating and provocative on every page.”―Oliver Sacks, M.D. Hailed as “a remarkable achievement” (Boston Sunday Globe) and as “a triumph: simultaneously entertaining and instructive, witty and thought-provoking . . .
Author(s): Roy Porter

Viruses, Plagues, and History: Past, Present and Future (2009)

 Best Medical History Books: The Ultimate CollectionThe story of viruses and humanity is a story of fear and ignorance, of grief and heartbreak, and of great bravery and sacrifice. Michael Oldstone tells all these stories as he illuminates the history of the devastating diseases that have tormented humanity, focusing mostly on the most famous viruses. Oldstone begins with smallpox, polio, and measles.
Author(s): Michael B. A. Oldstone

Diagnosis: Solving the Most Baffling Medical Mysteries (2019)

 Best Medical History Books: The Ultimate CollectionAs a Yale School of Medicine physician, the New York Times bestselling author of Every Patient Tells a Story, and an inspiration and adviser for the hit Fox TV drama House, M.D., Lisa Sanders has seen it all.
Author(s): Lisa Sanders

Medicine From Cave Dwellers to Millennials (2018)

 Best Medical History Books: The Ultimate CollectionMedicine and disease has preoccupied man from the age of the cave dweller to the present day millennial generation. In all cultures and eras populations have sought the means to preserve health and restore it when absent. How physicians and scientists throughout history have traveled the long circuitous journey to comprehend the mysteries of the human body, origins of disease and treat the ill is the subject of this book.
Author(s): Stolz MD, Jonathan L.

Strange Medicine: A Shocking History of Real Medical Practices Through the Ages (2013)

 Best Medical History Books: The Ultimate CollectionStrange Medicine casts a gimlet eye on the practice of medicine through the ages that highlights the most dubious ideas, bizarre treatments, and biggest blunders.
Author(s): Nathan Belofsky

Bellevue: Three Centuries of Medicine and Mayhem at America’s Most Storied Hospital (2017)

 Best Medical History Books: The Ultimate CollectionBellevue Hospital, on New York City’s East Side, occupies a colorful and horrifying place in the public imagination: a den of mangled crime victims, vicious psychopaths, assorted derelicts, lunatics, and exotic-disease sufferers.
Author(s): David Oshinsky

Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans from Colonial Times to the Present (2008)

 Best Medical History Books: The Ultimate CollectionFrom the era of slavery to the present day, the first full history of black America’s shocking mistreatment as unwilling and unwitting experimental subjects at the hands of the medical establishment. Medical Apartheid is the first and only comprehensive history of medical experimentation on African Americans.
Author(s): Harriet A. Washington

Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End (2017)

 Best Medical History Books: The Ultimate CollectionNamed a Best Book of the Year by The Washington Post, The New York Times Book Review, NPR, and Chicago Tribune, now in paperback with a new reading group guideMedicine has triumphed in modern times, transforming the dangers of childbirth, injury, and disease from harrowing to manageable.
Author(s): Atul Gawande

Seattle’s Medic One: How We Don’t Die (2019)

 Best Medical History Books: The Ultimate CollectionIn 1968, Dr. Leonard Cobb, along with Seattle fire chief Gordon Vickery, began to implement something new and daring: one of the country’s first pre-hospital coronary care systems. Along with Dr. Michael Copass, they started Medic One, an emergency service unlike any other. One year later, the first vehicle equipped with a defibrillator and ten highly trained Seattle firefighters took to the streets.
Author(s): Rapport MD, Richard

Accidental Medical Discoveries: How Tenacity and Pure Dumb Luck Changed the World (2016)

 Best Medical History Books: The Ultimate CollectionMany of the world’s most important and life-saving devices and techniques were often discovered purely by accident.
Author(s): Robert W. Winters

The Black Death: A History From Beginning to End (2019)

 Best Medical History Books: The Ultimate CollectionThe Black DeathSweeping across the known world with unchecked devastation, the Black Death claimed between 75 million and 200 million lives in four short years. In this engaging and well-researched book, the trajectory of the plague’s march west across Eurasia and the cause of the great pandemic is thoroughly explored.
Author(s): Hourly History

The Cambridge History of Medicine (2006)

 Best Medical History Books: The Ultimate CollectionThe Cambridge History of Medicine, first published in 2006, surveys the rise of medicine in the West from classical times to the present. Covering both the social and scientific history of medicine, this volume traces the chronology of key developments and events, while at the same time engaging with the issues, discoveries, and controversies that have beset and characterized medical progress.
Author(s): Roy Porter

Best Medical History Books: The Ultimate Collection

We highly recommend you to buy all paper or e-books in a legal way, for example, on Amazon. But sometimes it might be a need to dig deeper beyond the shiny book cover. Before making a purchase, you can visit resources like Library Genesis and download some medical history books mentioned below at your own risk. Once again, we do not host any illegal or copyrighted files, but simply give our visitors a choice and hope they will make a wise decision.

The History of Extra-corporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO): From Start to COVID

Author(s): Michael S. Firstenberg
ID: 3031450, Publisher: Nova Science Publishers, Year: 2021, Size: 10 Mb, Format: pdf

Psilocybin Mushrooms: Everything You Need to Know About Magic Mushrooms, From History to Medical Perspective. A Real Guide to Cultivation and Safe Use. Revised and Expanded Edition

Author(s): Syrian, Jonathan
ID: 2856308, Publisher: , Year: 2020, Size: 3 Mb, Format: epub

Leeuwenhoek's Legatees and Beijerinck's Beneficiaries: A History of Medical Virology in The Netherlands

Author(s): Gerard van Doornum, Neeraja Sankaran, Ton van Helvoort
ID: 2859400, Publisher: Amsterdam University Press, Year: 2020, Size: 5 Mb, Format: pdf

Please note that this booklist is not definite. Some books are absolutely record-breakers according to The New York Times, others are composed by unknown writers. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant links you could recommend? Leave a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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