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What students have read
When Breath Becomes Air by
Call Number: RC280.L8 K35 2016
Publication Date: 2016-01-12
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * For readers of Atul Gawande, Andrew Solomon, and Anne Lamott, a profoundly moving, exquisitely observed memoir by a young neurosurgeon faced with a terminal cancer diagnosis who attempts to answer the question What makes a life worth living? At the age of thirty-six, on the verge of completing a decade's worth of training as a neurosurgeon, Paul Kalanithi was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer. One day he was a doctor treating the dying, and the next he was a patient struggling to live. And just like that, the future he and his wife had imagined evaporated. When Breath Becomes Air chronicles Kalanithi's transformation from a naïve medical student "possessed," as he wrote, "by the question of what, given that all organisms die, makes a virtuous and meaningful life" into a neurosurgeon at Stanford working in the brain, the most critical place for human identity, and finally into a patient and new father confronting his own mortality. What makes life worth living in the face of death? What do you do when the future, no longer a ladder toward your goals in life, flattens out into a perpetual present? What does it mean to have a child, to nurture a new life as another fades away?
Being Mortal by
Call Number: R726.8 .G39 2014
Publication Date: 2014-10-07
True or false: Modern medicine is a miracle that has transformed all of our lives.
If you said “true,” you’d be right, of course, but that’s a statement that demands an asterisk, a “but.” “We’ve been wrong about what our job is in medicine,” writes Atul Gawande, a surgeon (at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston) and a writer (at the New Yorker). “We think. . .[it] is to ensure health and survival. But really. . .it is to enable well-being. And well-being is about the reasons one wishes to be alive.” Through interviews with doctors, stories from and about health care providers (such as the woman who pioneered the notion of “assisted living” for the elderly)—and eventually, by way of the story of his own father’s dying, Gawande examines the cracks in the system of health care to the aged (i.e. 97 percent of medical students take no course in geriatrics) and to the seriously ill who might have different needs and expectations than the ones family members predict. (One striking example: the terminally ill former professor who told his daughter that “quality of life” for him meant the ongoing ability to enjoy chocolate ice cream and watch football on TV. If medical treatments might remove those pleasures, well, then, he wasn’t sure he would submit to such treatments.) Doctors don’t listen, Gawande suggests—or, more accurately, they don’t know what to listen for. (Gawande includes examples of his own failings in this area.) Besides, they’ve been trained to want to find cures, attack problems—to win. But victory doesn’t look the same to everyone, he asserts. Yes, “death is the enemy,” he writes. “But the enemy has superior forces. Eventually, it wins. And in a war that you cannot win, you don’t want a general who fights to the point of total annihilation. You don’t want Custer. You want Robert E. Lee... someone who knows how to fight for territory that can be won and how to surrender it when it can’t.” In his compassionate, learned way, Gawande shows all of us—doctors included—how mortality must be faced, with both heart and mind.
The House of God by
Call Number: Fiction
Publication Date: 2003-07-01
Now a classic! The hilarious novel of the healing arts that reveals everything your doctor never wanted you to know. Six eager interns -- they saw themselves as modern saviors-to-be. They came from the top of their medical school class to the bottom of the hospital staff to serve a year in the time-honored tradition, racing to answer the flash of on-duty call lights and nubile nurses. But only the Fat Man --the Clam, all-knowing resident -- could sustain them in their struggle to survive, to stay sane, to love-and even to be doctors when their harrowing year was done. From the Paperback edition.
League of Denial by
Call Number: RC1220.F6 F35 2013x
Publication Date: 2013-10-08
In a fast-paced narrative that moves between the NFL trenches, America’s research labs and the boardrooms where the NFL went to war against science, League of Denial examines how the league used its power and resources to attack independent scientists and elevate its own flawed research -- a campaign with echoes of Big Tobacco’s fight to deny the connection between smoking and lung cancer. It chronicles the tragic fates of players like Hall of Fame Pittsburgh Steelers center Mike Webster, who was so disturbed at the time of his death he fantasized about shooting NFL executives; and former Chargers great Junior Seau, whose diseased brain became the target of an unseemly scientific battle between researchers and the NFL. Based on exclusive interviews, previously undisclosed documents and private emails, this is the story of what the NFL knew and when it knew it – questions at the heart of crisis that threatens football, from the highest levels all the way down to Pop Warner.
The Cancer Chronicles by
Call Number: RC268.48 .J64 2013
Publication Date: 2013-08-27
When the woman he loved was diagnosed with a metastatic cancer, science writer George Johnson embarked on a journey to learn everything he could about the disease and the people who dedicate their lives to understanding and combating it. What he discovered is a revolution under way--an explosion of new ideas about what cancer really is and where it comes from. In a provocative and intellectually vibrant exploration, he takes us on an adventure through the history and recent advances of cancer research that will challenge everything you thought you knew about the disease. Deftly excavating and illuminating decades of investigation and analysis, he reveals what we know and don't know about cancer, showing why a cure remains such a slippery concept. We follow him as he combs through the realms of epidemiology, clinical trials, laboratory experiments, and scientific hypotheses--rooted in every discipline from evolutionary biology to game theory and physics. Cogently extracting fact from a towering canon of myth and hype, he describes tumors that evolve like alien creatures inside the body, paleo-oncologists who uncover petrified tumors clinging to the skeletons of dinosaurs and ancient human ancestors, and the surprising reversals in science's comprehension of the causes of cancer, with the foods we eat and environmental toxins playing a lesser role. Perhaps most fascinating of all is how cancer borrows natural processes involved in the healing of a wound or the unfolding of a human embryo and turns them, jujitsu-like, against the body. Throughout his pursuit, Johnson clarifies the human experience of cancer with elegiac grace, bearing witness to the punishing gauntlet of consultations, surgeries, targeted therapies, and other treatments. He finds compassion, solace, and community among a vast network of patients and professionals committed to the fight and wrestles to comprehend the cruel randomness cancer metes out in his own family. For anyone whose life has been affected by cancer and has found themselves asking why?, this book provides a new understanding. In good company with the works of Atul Gawande, Siddhartha Mukherjee, and Abraham Verghese, The Cancer Chronicles is endlessly surprising and as radiant in its prose as it is authoritative in its eye-opening science.
The Emperor of All Maladies by
Call Number: RC275 .M85 2010
Publication Date: 2010-11-16
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize The Emperor of All Maladies, now a documentary from Ken Burns on PBS, is a magnificent, profoundly humane “biography” of cancer—from its first documented appearances thousands of years ago through the epic battles in the twentieth century to cure, control, and conquer it to a radical new understanding of its essence. Physician, researcher, and award-winning science writer, Siddhartha Mukherjee examines cancer with a cellular biologist’s precision, a historian’s perspective, and a biographer’s passion. The result is an astonishingly lucid and eloquent chronicle of a disease humans have lived with—and perished from—for more than five thousand years. The story of cancer is a story of human ingenuity, resilience, and perseverance, but also of hubris, paternalism, and misperception. Mukherjee recounts centuries of discoveries, setbacks, victories, and deaths, told through the eyes of his predecessors and peers, training their wits against an infinitely resourceful adversary that, just three decades ago, was thought to be easily vanquished in an all-out “war against cancer.” The book reads like a literary thriller with cancer as the protagonist. From the Persian Queen Atossa, whose Greek slave cut off her malignant breast, to the nineteenth-century recipients of primitive radiation and chemotherapy to Mukherjee’s own leukemia patient, Carla, The Emperor of All Maladies is about the people who have soldiered through fiercely demanding regimens in order to survive—and to increase our understanding of this iconic disease. Riveting, urgent, and surprising, The Emperor of All Maladies provides a fascinating glimpse into the future of cancer treatments. It is an illuminating book that provides hope and clarity to those seeking to demystify cancer.
How We Die by
Call Number: BD444 .N85 1995
Publication Date: 1995-01-15
New Edition: With a new chapter addressing contemporary issues in end-of-life care A runaway bestseller and National Book Award winner, Sherwin Nuland's How We Die has become the definitive text on perhaps the single most universal human concern: death.nbsp; This new edition includes an all-embracing and incisive afterword that examines the current state of health care and our relationship with life as it approaches its terminus.nbsp; It also discusses how we can take control of our own final days and those of our loved ones. Shewin Nuland's masterful How We Die is even more relevant than when it was first published.
Student reviews of books they have read
Demon Doctors by
Call Number: R706 .I83 2002
Publication Date: 2002-02-01
For medical doctors are not free of evil! Extremely thought - provoking book that would make you look deep inside you and worry: "Could this ever be someone I know?" or "Could It be me?"
Call Number: Fiction
Publication Date: 2007-06-05
I chose this book for my reading selective after completing the Endocrine block. I was hoping to gain insight about individuals with endocrine disorders, but found myself reminded of the struggles of any adolescent going through puberty. It gave me great perspective for working with pediatric patients and now I'll never forget 5β-Reductase deficiency!
Would read it again.
The Children Act by
Call Number: Fiction
Publication Date: 2015-04-28
Beautifully written short story follows a judge who hears cases in family court. Probes medical ethics especially in pediatrics patients.
Warning - it is a page turner. I didn't want to put it down.
My Grandfather's Blessings by
Call Number: BM723 .R46 2001
Publication Date: 2001-04-01
Written with great wisdom and thoughtfulness. The book is easy to read in bits when you have spare time.
Inspiring reminders to value and honor life, your own and those you encounter each day. Worth the time; will read again.
War Hospital by
Call Number: DR1313.7.M43 F56 2003
Publication Date: 2004-12-14
Dr. Fink tells the stories of various Bosnian, Serbian, and international doctors in the Srebrenica enclave during the Bosnian war of the 1990s. She's a doctor - writer (MD, PHD), writes for the NY times currently who is a masterful storyteller. She skipped her medical school graduation ceremony to do research/interviews for this book. She focuses on a few physicians who chose to stay during the war, using them to address questions surrounding the provision of humanitarian aid (what's the best way, when to negotiate,( how to carve out neutral spaces and if they're ever really neutral), physician neutrality, and improvisation during war. Timely, given the current conflicts and what history teaches.
Body of Work by
Call Number: QM28 .M66 2007x
Publication Date: 2007-06-21
Thoughtfully composed book. Incorporates a student's experiences in the anatomy course with a history of medicine and medical anatomy. I found the book really relatable. It helped me work through my own anatomy experience and was really interesting learning about the history of anatomy.
God's Hotel by
Call Number: R154.S925 A3 2012
Publication Date: 2012-04-26
The book incorporates the narrative of Dr. Sweet's experience working at a public hospital as it transforms from an "almshouse" to a modern "healthcare facility" with a critical look at the history of medicine.
Really interesting. Vignettes about her patients and coworkers all offer a unique, thoughtful lesson. Very thought provoking and inspiring to read.