A doctor reads an ample number of books in his/her lifetime. Being in an ever-evolving profession they need to keep brushing their skills to have an edge over their peers. However, dealing with patients adds another dimension to their lives. A patient is not just a patient for them but a person with genuine feelings and sufferings.

A doctor needs to take a real interest in patients as persons, truly enjoy getting to know them better, and experience genuine fellow feeling for those who are suffering. Such ability to feel the pain of the person sitting in front of you, cannot be developed by reading typical medical school textbooks.  If they can be cultivated by study at all, it must be through the encounter with another kind of book, a work of literature.

Below are few suggestions of books, which can help doctors to know the depth of humanity in medical profession


1. Atul Gawande: Being Mortal

This book talks about the potential of medicine in changing one’s lives. Medicine has succeeded in modern times, transforming the dangers of childbirth, injury, and disease from traumatic to controllable. But when it comes to the inevitable realities of aging and death, what medicine can do often runs counter to what it should.

2. Emperor of all Maladies- Biography of Cancer by Siddhartha Mukerjee

The Emperor of All Maladies is a splendid, deeply 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.

3. Minnie’s Spink by AC Anand

Prof.A.C.Anand, a physician, gastroenterologist, liver transplant physician has very hilariously exposed the dark underbelly of Indian medicine in a manner which is easy to understand as well as entertaining.

4. Second Suns by David Oliver Relin

“Second Suns” depicts heroic health care delivered under harrowing conditions. Ruit’s and Tabin’s achievements are well documented in this book.

5. House of God by Samuel Shem

The House of God is a satirical novel by Samuel Shem. This book is a mesmerizing and provocative novel about Roy Basch and five of his fellow interns at the most renowned teaching hospital in New York. this is a must-read for anyone who’s working in medicine. One of the few novels that can teach you hands-on clinical knowledge.

6. How to win friends and influence people

Every doctor should read this book as it speaks about understanding human behaviour which is so essential to being a doctor. The wisdom in this small pocket book is immense.
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