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Books by Doctors and Books about Doctors

Sue Hall "Sue Hall MD"
The list author says: "You would think I would want to get away from medicine when not working, yet some of my favorite books are books written by doctors explaining aspects of medicine to the public; some are novels written by doctors; and some are novels written with doctors as central characters or otherwise exploring issues in medicine, particularly relating to childbirth and babies, since this is my own area of practice. I am also drawn to memoirs written by both patients (or parents) and doctors, especially in my own specialty."
Cutting for Stone
Cutting for Stone
"This epic novel tells the story of twin sons of a physician who are brought up by two other physicians in Ethiopia.  Medicine is artfully woven into this compelling drama by its physician-author."
This Lovely Life
This Lovely Life
"This is a very moving and personal account of a mother’s struggles after she gives birth to extremely premature twins.  The book highlights the issue of who should decide what happens to tiny babies:  doctors or parents."
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
"This biography of a real-life science hero, Henrietta Lacks, pulls together stories about the woman’s life leading up to her cancer diagnosis when doctors used her cells to perfect tissue culture techniques, the lives of her descendants who were unaware that this took place, the issue of racial disparities in treatment for and experimentation on patients, and the advance of science."
Knowing Jesse: A Mother's Story of Grief, Grace, and Everyday Bliss
Knowing Jesse: A Mother's Story of Grief, Grace, and Everyday Bliss
"A heartfelt memoir of a boy  born prematurely who developed disabling cerebral palsy.  In spite of his inability to speak, Jesse was uncommonly bright and engaging.  His parents’ efforts to mainstream his education and life experience are inspirational."
The Memory Keeper's Daughter: A Novel
The Memory Keeper's Daughter: A Novel
"A doctor’s wife gives birth to twins, one of whom has Down Syndrome.  Unbeknownst to the mother, her husband gives the baby with Down’s to his nurse, expecting her to institutionalize it.  But when the nurse keeps and raises the baby, the story gets complicated.  It’s easy to stay glued to this novel."
The Anatomy of Hope: How People Prevail in the Face of Illness
The Anatomy of Hope: How People Prevail in the Face of Illness
"Through stories he presents of actual patients, Dr. Jerome Groopman meditates on why some patients have hope and others do not.  He explores the biological basis of hope in this uplifting work."
Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers
Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers
"This is just plain fascinating!  It’s “everything you ever wanted to know about what happens to the body after death.”  And then some.  Very funny, too."
Midwives (Oprah's Book Club)
Midwives (Oprah's Book Club)
"In this novel, a midwife is accused of murder after performing an emergency C-section to save a baby’s life.  She had thought the mother was dead, but maybe she wasn’t?  Fascinating and compelling read interweaving  threads of medicine, law, mystery, and ethics."
Kitchen Table Wisdom 10th Anniversary (Deckle edge)
Kitchen Table Wisdom 10th Anniversary (Deckle edge)
"A physician and therapist, who has herself survived a chronic illness, tells true stories of patients that leave you feeling good and knowing what’s important in life."
Complications: A Surgeon's Notes on an Imperfect Science
Complications: A Surgeon's Notes on an Imperfect Science
"Dr. Atul Gawande is perhaps the pre-eminent physician-writer of our time for his ability to explain the human aspects of practicing medicine and to illuminate broader issues related to the practice of medicine."
The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer
The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer
"What a treasure trove of information, beautifully written by an oncologist, about the history of cancer, what we know and what we don't know.  This is a complete and fascinating historical overview of so many aspects of medicine and a triumphant achievement in writing."
Baby Doctor, Revised Edition: A Pediatrician's Training
Baby Doctor, Revised Edition: A Pediatrician's Training
"This is the classic book on what it’s like to go through a residency in pediatrics written by an accomplished physician-author."
When the Air Hits Your Brain: Tales from Neurosurgery
When the Air Hits Your Brain: Tales from Neurosurgery
"In this case, it is all about brain surgery.  Dr. Frank Vertosick lets us be nearly in his shoes as he goes through his training in neurosurgery, allowing us to see the stresses, the failures and the triumphs of this most challenging medical specialty."