Good Reads - Nonfiction
The Doctor Is In
Gifted practitioners offer a first-hand look at the practice of medicine in a variety of settings.
Match Day: One Day and One Dramatic Year in the Lives of Three New Doctors by Brian Eule - 2009
The author “is a gifted storyteller with a knack for anecdotes.”
Intern: A Doctor’s Initiation by Sandeep Jauhar - 2008
On Call: A Doctor’s Days and Nights in Residency by Emily R. Transue - 2004
A perceptive young physician recorded her experiences with her patients as she learned to become a doctor.
Complications: A Surgeon’s Notes on an Imperfect Science by Atul Gawande - 2002
“A gem-like collection of essays on surgery by eighth-year surgical resident who is an articulate and engaging writer.”
Blue Collar, Blue Scrubs: The Making of a Surgeon by Michael J. Collins - 2009
The author engagingly recounts his metamorphosis from construction worker to medical student. “Collins has a superb ear for dialogue, and his breezy style makes his world spring to life.”
The Emergency Room
Weekends at Bellevue by Julie Holland - 2009
Something for the Pain: One Doctor’s Account of Life and Death in the ER by Paul Austin - 2008
A memoir that is as much about the doctor as it is about the patients he treats.
Just Here Trying to Save a Few Lives: Tales of Life and Death from the ER by Pamela Grim - 2000
Danger to Self: On the Front Line with an ER Psychiatrist by Paul R. Linde - 2010
The Operating Room
Brain Surgeon: A Doctor’s Inspiring Encounters with Mortality and Miracles by Keith Black - 2009
Another Day in the Frontal Lobe: A Brain Surgeon Exposes Life on the Inside by Katrina Firlik - 2006
Healing Hearts: A Memoir of a Female Heart Surgeon by Kathy E. Magliato - 2010
Includes the author’s encounters with sexism in the “biggest boys club of them all.”
Hot Lights, Cold Steel: Life, Death and Sleepless Nights in a Surgeon’s First Years by Michael J. Collins - 2005
The author is a natural storyteller and here the orthopedic surgeon presents a down-to-earth, fast-paced, and frequently funny memoir of his residency.
Walk on Water: Inside an Elite Pediatric Surgical Unit by Michael Ruhlman - 2003
Riveting stories from the renowned pediatric heart center at the Cleveland Clinic.
The House of Hope and Fear: Life in a Big City Hospital by Audrey Young - 2009
Genetic Rounds: A Doctor’s Memorable Encounters in the Field That Has Revolutionized Medicine by Robert Marion - 2009
A doctor considers the ethical implications of clinical genetics.
Biography ROSENFELD, I.
Doctor of the Heart: My Life in Medicine by Isadore Rosenfeld - 2010
The highly respected and renowned author is also a wonderful storyteller who shares the varied experiences of a long and successful career interweaving stories about the advances in medicine during his years in practice.
The Soul of Medicine: Tales from the Bedside by Sherwin B. Nuland - 2009
A collection of true stories from medical specialists who each recount “a particularly difficult or memorable professional event and/or patient.”
Patient by Patient: Lessons in Love, Loss, Hope, and Healing from a Doctor’s Practice by Emily R. Transue - 2008
Keen observations of the medical journey begun in On Call, above.
The Lassa Ward: One Man’s Fight Against One of the World’s Deadliest Diseases by Ross I. Donaldson - 2009
”Intrepid medical school student confronts a deadly virus decimating West Africa during his second year of medical school.” Deemed a “rewarding memoir.”
Mountain Rescue Doctor: Wilderness Medicine in the Extremes of Nature by Christopher Van Tilburg - 2007
An ER doctor’s season by season account of his adventures with a search and rescue team working in Oregon’s Hood River area.
In the Land of Invisible Women: A Female Doctor’s Journey in the Saudi Kingdom by Qanta A. Ahmed - 2008
This memoir “provides a uniquely revealing look at the hidden world of Saudi Arabian women.”
On Call in Hell: A Doctor’s Iraq War Story by Richard Jadick - 2007
Sober accounting of a doctor’s service on the front line.
Six Months in Sudan: A Young Doctor in a War-Torn Village by James Maskalyk - 2009
Recounts the author’s grim months serving with Doctors Without Borders.
Biography FARMER, P.
Mountains Beyond Mountains by Tracy Kidder - 2003
The author attempts to keep up with a dedicated doctor who travels wherever he is needed, from Siberian prisons to Cuban clinics and beyond.
Prepared by Marty Krause, November 2010