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Best Medical Nonfiction Books You Should Enjoy

There are countless Medical Nonfiction courses, tutorials, articles available online, but for some, having a book is still a necessity to learn. This is an up-to-date list of recommended books.

1. Diagnosis: Solving the Most Baffling Medical Mysteries (2019)

Best Medical Nonfiction Books You Should EnjoyAs 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. And yet she is often confounded by the cases she describes in her column: unexpected collections of symptoms that she and other physicians struggle to diagnose. A twenty-eight-year-old man, vacationing in the Bahamas for his birthday, tries some barracuda for dinner. Hours later, he collapses on the dance floor with crippling stomach pains. A…
Author(s): Lisa Sanders

2. Every Patient Tells a Story: Medical Mysteries and the Art of Diagnosis (2010)

Best Medical Nonfiction Books You Should Enjoy“The experience of being ill can be like waking up in a foreign country. Life, as you formerly knew it, is on hold while you travel through this other world as unknown as it is unexpected. When I see patients in the hospital or in my office who are suddenly, surprisingly ill, what they really want to know is, ‘What is wrong with me?’ They want a road map that will help them manage their new surroundings. The ability to give this unnerving and unfamiliar place a name, to know it—on some level—restores a measure of control, independent of whether or not that diagnosis comes attached…
Author(s): Lisa Sanders

3. Trauma Room Two (2015)

Best Medical Nonfiction Books You Should EnjoyIn every hospital emergency department there is a room reserved for trauma. It is a place where life and death are separated by the thinnest of margins. A place where some families celebrate the most improbable of victories while others face the most devastating of losses. A place where what matters the most in this life is revealed.Trauma Room Two is just such a place.In this collection of short stories, Dr. Green takes the reader inside the hidden emotional landscape of emergency medicine. Based on fifteen years of experience as an ER physician, he reveals the profound moments that often occur in…
Author(s): Philip Allen Green

4. God in the ICU: Suddenly things happened that he never could have imagined (2012)

Best Medical Nonfiction Books You Should EnjoyWhen an anaesthetist started praying with his patients in the Intensive Care Unit, suddenly his practice was transformed. As he relates his story in the context, first of a South Africa transitioning to democracy and then in the Middle East you will hear stories of a God who responds to prayer in ways that are uniquely His. This has the drama of hi-tech medicine, the poignancy of lives that are hanging in the balance, the human touch of a doctor who is trying to understand a God who does not always respond as he would like Him to and above all the inspiration and encouragement of a…
Author(s): Dr Dave A Walker

5. The Deadly Dinner Party: and Other Medical Detective Stories (2011)

Best Medical Nonfiction Books You Should EnjoyPicking up where Berton Roueché’s The Medical Detectives left off, The Deadly Dinner Party presents fifteen edge-of-your-seat, real-life medical detective stories written by a practicing physician. Award-winning author Jonathan Edlow, M.D., shows the doctor as detective and the epidemiologist as elite sleuth in stories that are as gripping as the best thrillers.In these stories a notorious stomach bug turns a suburban dinner party into a disaster that almost claims its host; a diminutive woman routinely eats more than her…
Author(s): Jonathan A. Edlow

6. The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma (2015)

Best Medical Nonfiction Books You Should Enjoy Trauma is a fact of life. Veterans and their families deal with the painful aftermath of combat; one in five Americans has been molested; one in four grew up with alcoholics; one in three couples have engaged in physical violence. Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, one of the world’s foremost experts on trauma, has spent over three decades working with survivors. In The Body Keeps the Score, he uses recent scientific advances to show how trauma literally reshapes both body and brain, compromising sufferers’ capacities for pleasure, engagement, self-control, and trust. He explores…
Author(s): van der Kolk M.D., Bessel

7. Classic Cases in Medical Ethics: Accounts of Cases That Have Shaped Medical Ethics, with Philosophical, Legal, and Historical Backgrounds (2003)

Best Medical Nonfiction Books You Should EnjoyThis rich collection, popular among teachers and students alike, provides an in-depth look at major cases that have shaped the field of medical ethics. The book presents each famous (or infamous) case using extensive historical and contextual background, and then proceeds to illuminate it by careful discussion of pertinent philosophical theories and legal and ethical issues….
Author(s): Gregory Pence

8. The Ghost Map: The Story of London’s Most Terrifying Epidemic–and How It Changed Science, Cities, and the Modern World (2007)

Best Medical Nonfiction Books You Should EnjoyA National Bestseller, a New York Times Notable Book, and an Entertainment Weekly Best Book of the Year It’s the summer of 1854, and London is just emerging as one of the first modern cities in the world. But lacking the infrastructure-garbage removal, clean water, sewers-necessary to support its rapidly expanding population, the city has become the perfect breeding ground for a terrifying disease no one knows how to cure. As the cholera outbreak takes hold, a physician and a local curate are spurred to action-and ultimately solve the most…
Author(s): Steven Johnson

9. Working Stiff: Two Years, 262 Bodies, and the Making of a Medical Examiner (2015)

Best Medical Nonfiction Books You Should Enjoy“Fun…and full of smart science. Fans of CSI—the real kind—will want to read it” (The Washington Post): A young forensic pathologist’s “rookie season” as a NYC medical examiner, and the hair-raising cases that shaped her as a physician and human being.Just two months before the September 11 terrorist attacks, Dr. Judy Melinek began her training as a New York City forensic pathologist. While her husband and their toddler held down the home front, Judy threw herself into the fascinating world of death investigation—performing autopsies, investigating death scenes,…
Author(s): Melinek MD MD, Judy, T.J. Mitchell

10. It All Comes Back to You: A Book Club Recommendation! (2018)

Best Medical Nonfiction Books You Should Enjoy“It All Comes Back to You is one of those stories you need to savor. You want to put the book down so as to have more to read tomorrow, but you can’t. It becomes attached to you, a part of you. “Dan Brown, Author of Reunion Alabama, 1947.War’s over, cherry-print dresses, parking above the city lights, swing dancing.Beautiful, seventeen-year-old Violet lives in a perfect world .Everybody loves her.In 2012, she’s still beautiful, charming, and surrounded by admirers. Veronica “Ronni” Johnson, licensed practical nurse and aspiring writer, meets the captivating Violet in the assisted…
Author(s): Beth Duke

11. Haunted Healthcare: Medical Professionals and Patients Share their Encounters with the Paranormal (2018)

Best Medical Nonfiction Books You Should EnjoyMany of those who have chosen the medical profession are no stranger to the paranormal. Ghosts walk the hallways of hospitals both old and new, haunting the wards and operating rooms. Join Richard Estep, paramedic, paranormal investigator, and cast members of TV’s “Haunted Case Files” and “Haunted Hospitals,” as he talks to EMTs, nurses, medical professionals, and patients alike, documenting their most intense and chilling encounters with ghosts and spirits. Dare YOU walk the hallways of some of the world’s most haunted medical facilities? Welcome…
Author(s): Richard Estep

12. Do No Harm: Stories of Life, Death, and Brain Surgery (2016)

Best Medical Nonfiction Books You Should EnjoyWhat is it like to be a brain surgeon? How does it feel to hold someone’s life in your hands, to cut into the stuff that creates thought, feeling and reason? How do you live with the consequences of performing a potentially lifesaving operation when it all goes wrong?With astonishing compassion and candor, leading neurosurgeon Henry Marsh reveals the fierce joy of operating, the profoundly moving triumphs, the harrowing disasters, the haunting regrets and the moments of black humor that characterize a brain surgeon’s life. Do No Harm provides unforgettable…
Author(s): Henry Marsh

13. The Woman with a Worm in Her Head: And Other True Stories of Infectious Disease (2002)

Best Medical Nonfiction Books You Should EnjoyA normal, healthy woman becomes host to a pork tapeworm that is burrowing into her brain and disabling her motor abilities. A handsome man contracts Chicken Pox and ends up looking like the victim of a third degree burn. A vigorous young athlete is bitten by an insect and becomes a target for flesh-eating strep.Even the most innocuous everyday activities such as eating a salad for lunch, getting bitten by an insect, and swimming in the sea bring human beings into contact with dangerous, often deadly microorganisms. In The Woman with a Worm in Her Head, Dr. Pamela Nagami reveals-through real-life cases-the sobering facts about some of…
Author(s): Nagami M.D., Pamela, F. Gonzalez-Crussi

14. Against Medical Advice (2009)

Best Medical Nonfiction Books You Should EnjoyCory Friedman woke up one morning when he was five years old with the uncontrollable urge to twitch his neck. From that day forward his life became a hell of irrepressible tics and involuntary utterances, and Cory embarked on an excruciating journey from specialist to specialist to discover the cause of his disease. Soon it became unclear what tics were symptoms of his disease and what were side effects of the countless combinations of drugs. The only certainty is that it kept getting worse. Simply put: Cory Friedman’s life was a living hell.Against Medical Advice is the true story of Cory and…
Author(s): James Patterson, Hal Friedman

15. Medical Terminology 350: Learning Guide (Dean Vaughn Total Retention System) (2004)

Best Medical Nonfiction Books You Should EnjoyBook by Vaughn, Dean…
Author(s): Dean Vaughn

Best Medical Nonfiction Books You Should Enjoy

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88 Natural Remedies. Ancient Healing Traditions for Modern Times

Author(s): TIERAONA LOW DOG,Dan Buettner,Steven Foster, et al.Random House, Inc.|National Geographic Society||National GeographicAdult NonfictionHealth & Fitness, MedicalLanguage(s): EnglishOn sale date: 20.11.2013Street date: 01.10.2013
Publisher: Random House;National Geographic Society;National Geographic, Year: 2013, Size: 3 Mb, Download: epub
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Please note that this booklist is not final. Some books are really hot items according to Chicago Tribune, others are drafted 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 books you could recommend? Leave a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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