Wondering what books to catch up on during the holidays? Here’s a list of healthcare/medical best sellers and a few hidden gems that are trending in the healthcare industry now.
1. When Breath Becomes Air – by Paul Kalanithi. A powerful look at a stage IV lung cancer diagnosis through the eyes of a neurosurgeon.
2. The Gene: An Intimate History – by Siddhartha Mukherjee. Insightful book on how the science has grown so much more advanced and complicated that we are developing the capacity to directly manipulate the human genome.
3. Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End – by Atul Gawande. The bestselling author tackles the hardest challenge of his profession: how medicine can not only improve life but also the process of its ending.
4. Bellevue: Three Centuries of Medicine and Mayhem at America’s Most Storied Hospital – by David Oshinsky. From a Pulitzer Prize-winning historian comes a riveting history of New York’s iconic public hospital that charts the turbulent rise of American medicine.
5. Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital – by Sheri Fink. An elaborately researched chronicle of life, death, and the choices in between at a New Orleans hospital immediately following Hurricane Katrina.
6. Fat Chance: Beating the Odds Against Sugar, Processed Food, Obesity, and Disease – by Robert H. Lustig. Author documents the science and the politics that have led to the pandemic of chronic disease over the last 30 years.
7. If Disney Ran Your Hospital: 9 1/2 Things You Would Do Differently – by Fred Lee. Using examples from his work with Disney and as a senior-level hospital executive, author Fred Lee challenges the assumptions that have defined customer service in healthcare.
8. Sometimes Brilliant: The Impossible Adventure of a Spiritual Seeker and Visionary Physician Who Helped Conquer the Worst Disease in History – by Larry Brilliant. When a powerful mystic steps on the hand of a radical young hippie doctor from Detroit, it changes lives and the world.
9. Drug Dealer, MD: How Doctors Were Duped, Patients Got Hooked, and Why It’s So Hard to Stop – by Anna Lembke. Three out of four people addicted to heroin probably started on a prescription opioid, according to the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
10. Starved: A Nutrition Doctor’s Journey from Empty to Full – by Anne McTiernan. A search for understanding the complications of family and a parallel exploration of our relationship with food, as either nurturer or torturer.
11. Mind: A Journey to the Heart of Being Human – by Daniel J. Siegel M.D. A scientist’s exploration into the mysteries of the human mind.