Book list

A list of books about medicine, society and more – posted here from one of my medical education wikispaces. Please send other suggestions! My intention is to keep adding to it.
Most of these books i’ve read. Many of them are old. Although I’ve linked them to Amazon for your convenience, i’d recommend you try your library (if you still have one), your local independent bookshop or second-hand from abebooks

General:
Henry E. Sigerist: Medical Historian and Social Visionary

  • All of his books are very highly recommended, especially Medicine and Human Welfare
  • His book ‘Man and Medicine’ was written for medical students.

Medicine and society:

Medicine and science in the media:

The media:

Hoxton history:

General practice:

Doctors and patients:

Medicine and politics:

Markets

Pregnancy and childbirth:

An examination of who controls childbirth and who controls doctors

Food, politics and health:

Health promotion

Poverty and medicine:

Pain: history and culture:

Pharma

Medicalisation

Dying

Mental health:

Medical ethics

Medicine and History

Misc

5 responses to “Book list

  1. Some more books!
    The Natural History of Disease, John A. Ryle (contains some excellent words about interaction between patient and doctor);
    Selling Sickness, Ray Moynihan and Alan Cassels;
    Soul made Flesh, Carol Zimmer;
    Women, Medicine and Health, Anne Oakley;
    Thomas Willis’s Oxford Lecture, Kenneth Dewhurst;
    The Common Sense of Science, Jacob Bronowski;
    The Motion of the Heart and Blood, William Harvey;
    Pain, Thomas Lewis;
    The Integrative Action of the Nervous System, Charles Sherrington ( rather specialised but a wonderful example of clear scientific thinking);
    William Richard Gowers, Ann Scoot, Mervyn Eadie, Andrew Lees (biography of a great neurologist)

  2. lindywilliams3

    A few ideas for the list:
    The Natural History of Disease, John A Ryle; (great insights)
    Selling Sickness, Ray Moyhihan & Alan Cassels;
    Soul Made Flesh, Carol Zimmer;
    Women, Medicine and Health, Ann Oakley;
    Willis’s Oxford Lectures, Kenneth Dewhurst;
    William Richard Gowers, Ann Scott, Mervyn Eadie and Andrew Lees; (biography of a great neurologist)
    The Common Sense of Science, Jacob Bronowski; (writings of a superb mind and which can be applied to medicine or almost anything else);
    The Integrative Action of the Nervous System, Charles Sherrington (see above for Bronowski)!
    The Motion of the Heart and Blood, William Harvey;
    Pain, Thomas Lewis.

  3. lindywilliams3

    Thank you for this idea of a booklist. Fascinating and illuminating

  4. Lionel Shriver’s novel So Much for That is about the US health system and tells us what the Tories plan for us.

  5. Atul Gwande “Being Mortal”
    Kathryn Mannix “With the end in mind”
    Two additions for the section “dying” but I think “Death and dying” are increasingly challenging to medical training and often confronted in the A&E right at the edge of understanding for both patients and doctors

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