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."
"This is a very moving and personal account of a motherÂs 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."
"This biography of a real-life science hero, Henrietta Lacks, pulls together stories about the womanÂs 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."
"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 parentsÂ efforts to mainstream his education and life experience are inspirational."
"A doctorÂs wife gives birth to twins, one of whom has Down Syndrome. Unbeknownst to the mother, her husband gives the baby with DownÂs to his nurse, expecting her to institutionalize it. But when the nurse keeps and raises the baby, the story gets complicated. ItÂs easy to stay glued to this novel."
"In this novel, a midwife is accused of murder after performing an emergency C-section to save a babyÂs life. She had thought the mother was dead, but maybe she wasnÂt? Fascinating and compelling read interweaving threads of medicine, law, mystery, and ethics."
"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."
"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."
"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."