Welcome to the Medic Mentor Book Club!
We have created a list of recommended reading for current/aspiring medical students (below). Each book will have its turn on our monthly reading list, at which point it will link to its own blog post where it can be discussed in more detail – please do comment and let us know what you think of any books you’ve read or are currently reading!
We’re also planning to have sessions where we discuss books live: we will update you here when there are more details! If you’re interested, please use the buttons below to join the club or even apply to be on the committee.
For more information on the book club, please feel free to email:
Book Club Members
Time to get reading!
Joining our Book Club couldn’t be easier – it only takes a minute! We also have committee applications available until the 4th July 2020 (don’t worry if you miss it, committee positions last for 6 months and then another round of applications will open).
We have compiled a book list from recommendations from our Doctors and Medical Student Scholars (see below).
Every month we will read two books from the list and come together to discuss them (dates TBC).
Our Doctors and Scholars will also be writing book reviews each month!
This month’s books
This is a fascinating compilation of medical cases focusing on neurology by the late Oliver Sacks. In this book, you will read about patients who tried to throw their own leg out of bed, who cannot maintain their balance or sense where their body is, as well as the infamous man who mistook his wife for a hat!
‘This is Going to Hurt: Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor’ has become hugely popular over the last couple of years for Adam Kay’s hilarious highlighting of life as a junior doctor. Various cases are discussed (several not for the squeamish amongst us!), as well as the practical side of working in the NHS, shift work, and work-life balance.
Recommended reading list
|Turtles All the Way Down||John Green||Patient perspective (fictional)|
|Thinking Fast and Slow||Daniel Kahnemann||Cognitive psychology|
|The Prison Doctor: My time inside Britain’s most notorious jails.||Dr Amanda Brown||Biographical|
|Twelve Patients: Life and Death at Bellevue Hospital||Eric Manheimer||Case presentations|
|Fighting for Your Life||Lysa Walder|
|How Doctors Think||Jerome Groopman||Cognitive psychology|
|Seven Signs of Life||Aoife Abbey|
|Better||Atul Gawande||Evidence-based medicine|
|Confessions of a GP||Benjamin Daniels||Biographical|
|The Appointment||Graham Easton||Biographical|
|The Children Act||Ian McEwan|
|In the Midst of Life||Jennifer Worth||Biographical|
|A Fortunate Man||John Berger|
|The Other Side||Kate Granger|
|Trust Me, I’m a (Junior) Doctor||Max Pemberton||Biographical|
|Where Does it Hurt?||Max Pemberton||Biographical|
|Just One More Question||Niall Tubridy|
|In Stitches||Nick Edwards|
|Your Life In My Hands – a Junior Doctor’s Story||Rachel Clarke||Biographical|
|The House of God||Samuel Shem|
|Blood, Sweat and Tea||Tom Reynolds|
|Medical Ethics: A Very Short Introduction||Tony Hope||Educational|
|The Body: A Guide For Occupants||Bill Bryson||Educational|
|How it Works: Book of the Human Body||Jon White||Educational|
|Send in the Idiots: Stories from the Other Side of Autism||Kamran Nazeer||Patient perspective|
|Hard Pushed||Leah Hazard||Biographical|
|Life Lessons From a Brain Surgeon||Rahul Jandial||Biographical|
|This is Going to Hurt||Adam Kay||Biographical|
|Being Mortal||Atul Gawande||Evidence-based medicine|
|Complications||Atul Gawande||Evidence-based medicine|
|The Woman Who Changed Her Brain||Barbara Arrowsmith-Young||Patient perspective|
|Bad Science||Ben Goldacre||Evidence-based medicine|
|The Body Keeps the Score||Bessel van der Kolk|
|The Family That Couldn’t Sleep||D T Max||Specific condition(s)|
|War Doctor||David Notts||Biographical|
|Do No Harm||Henry Marsh||Biographical|
|States of Mind||Mark Haddon|
|The Brain that Changes Itself||Norman Doidge|
|The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat||Oliver Sacks||Case discussion|
|When Breath Becomes Air||Paul Kalanithi||Biographical|
|The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks||Rebecca Skloot||Biographical|
|The Selfish Gene||Richard Dawkins|
|Unnatural Causes||Richard Shepherd|
|The Spirit Level||
Richard Wilsinson and Kate Pickett
|The Emperor of All Maladies||Siddhartha Mukherjee|
|Trick or Treatment||
Simon Singh and Edzard Ernst
|The History of Medicine: A Very Short Introduction||William Bynum||Educational|
|Homo Deus||Yuval Harari|
|Organizational Behavior. 18th ed||Robbins, S. P. and Judge, T. A||Educational|
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