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 running regular meetings via Zoom: the next meeting is Thursday 6th August, and we will be talking about reflections and using wider reading in personal statements.
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Time to get reading!
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 it along with additional meetings linked to the book: on Thursday 6th August, we will be going over reflection and how to use wider reading in a personal statement following our discussion on ‘This is Going to Hurt: Secret Diary of a Junior Doctor’. For updates and to join the meeting, please join the Book Club using the link on the right!
Our Doctors and Scholars will also be writing book reviews each month.
We will be running 6-monthly applications to join the committee (last applications closed on 4th July).
This month’s books
‘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.
Discussion date: Thursday 30th July (virtual Zoom meeting).
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!
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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