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Reaching Down the Rabbit Hole

by Allan H. Ropper, Brian David Burrell, Allan Ropper & Brian Burrell

"Tell the doctor where it hurts." It sounds simple enough, unless the problem affects the very organ that produces awareness and generates speech. What is it like to try to heal the body when the mind is under...


Dr. Mutter's Marvels: A True Tale of Intrigue and Innovation at the Dawn of Modern Medicine

by Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz

A mesmerizing biography of the brilliant and eccentric medical innovator who revolutionized American surgery and founded the country's most famous museum of medical oddities

Imagine undergoing an operation without...


A Doctor's Dream: A story of hope from the Top End

by Buddhi Lokuge & Tanya Burke

When Dr Buddhi Lokuge embarked on a $5 million program to eradicate an infectious and debilitating disease, he soon realised the entire program was unworkable. By listening to community elders, he discovered...


The Story of San Michele

by Axel Munthe

The Story of San Michele is the famous memoir by Swedish physician Axel Munthe (1857-1949). Written in English, it has been a best-seller in numerous languages. The author associated with a number of celebrities...


Misdiagnosed: One Woman's Tour of--And Escape From--Healthcareland

by Jody Berger

"Berger movingly details her journey to healing. Her indefatigable quest...underscores the fact that there is no such thing as one size fits all in medicine."-Gayatri Devi, MD, clinical associate professor,...


The Last Right: Craig Schonegevel's Struggle to Live and Die with Dignity

by Marianne Thamm

"The Last Right" is the true story of Craig Schonegevel who suffered from the extremely variable condition known as Neurofibromatosis Type 1. In Craig’s case his life was mostly one of operations, pain and...


I'm Just a Stupid Nurse

by Ima Great Physician

As nurses, we always try to give 100% of our attention, care, and kindness to our patients. Sometimes, however, there are obstacles that interfere with us being able to do so. It could be an understaffed hospital,...


Goodness not Grief: Autobiography of Yean Leng LIM

by Thiam Chye Tan, Kim Teng Tan & Eng Hseon Tay

A biography of the author's background which provides insight into his training in medicine and his opinions on the concepts and training that are necessary to be a good doctor. The aims of this book are to...


The Dressing Station: A Surgeon's Chronicle of War and Medicine

by Jonathan Kaplan

The Dressing Station is a searing portrait of devastation on the battlefield that "illuminates the consequences of war and the ambiguities of relief work at a time when these issues couldn't matter more." (Caroline...


Diary

by Richard Selzer

Susan Cheever observed in a New York Times Book Review appraisal of his memoir Down from Troy that Richard Selzer "cares more about truth than consequences . . . [and] immerses us in the facts we all know but...


Cheating Destiny: Living with Diabetes

by James S. Hirsch

A candid, provocative, and moving account of one of America’s fastest-growing health issues

If you or someone you love has diabetes, you are not alone — more than twenty million Americans now live with the...


County: Life, Death and Politics at Chicago's Public Hospital

by David A. Ansell & Quentin Young

The amazing tale of “County” is the story of one of America’s oldest and most unusual urban hospitals. From its inception as a “poor house” dispensing free medical care to indigents, Chicago’s Cook...


The Gift of Life: The Reality Behind Donor Organ Retrieval

by Traci Graf

"Organ transplants are a very controversial and unique area of medicine. Those of us who work as Transplant Coordinators were frequently referred to by hospital staff as 'organ vultures' behind our backs, but...


Out Came the Sun: One Family's Triumph over a Rare Genetic Syndrome

by Judith Scott

Six years into their marriage, Judith Scott and her husband Greg decided to take the next step in becoming a family: having a child. At first unsuccessful, they are blessed with the birth of a beautiful girl,...


Now I See You

by Nicole C. Kear

At nineteen years old, Nicole C. Kear's biggest concern is choosing a major--until she walks into a doctor’s office in midtown Manhattan and gets a life-changing diagnosis. She is going blind, courtesy of...


Trauma Red: The Making of a Surgeon in War and in America's Cities

by Peter Rhee & Gordon Dillow

The incredible life story of the trauma surgeon who helped save Congresswoman Gabby Giffords­—from his upbringing in South Korea and Africa to the gripping dramas he faces in a typical day as a medical genius....


My Retirement Gap Year

by Dr Frances Black

This is a baby-boomer book, a non-fiction, memoir involving a journey which resulted in unexpected personal growth and helped the author adapt to retirement. Dr Frances Black's "retirement gap year" was in a...


The Poor with Me: Reflections on a Career of Healthcare in the Inner City

by Philip E. Johnston MD

No medical provider practices in a vacuum. The story of their life is written by their patients over years of challenging healthcare interactions. In The Poor With Me, Dr. Johnston has written a fascinating...


Thoughts of an Aging, Liberal, Agnostic Cardiologist

by Shia Elson

From the profane to the sacred, my thoughts wander every morning between five and seven a.m.--no holds barred. I decided to capture some of the ones I enjoyed the most. I think a person is not much more than...


Fighting with Crib Gloves: My Battle with Cystic Fibrosis

by Richard Keane

Cystic Fibrosis wasn't going to let go of this child, and the young pediatrician knew this. As Dr. Miller hung the boxing gloves on the corner of the crib, even he couldn't imagine the depth of the battle this...