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

‘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).

The Man Who Mistook his Wife for a Hat

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

 

Title Author Genre
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
Sapiens Yuval Harari
Organizational Behavior. 18th ed Robbins, S. P. and Judge, T. A Educational

 

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