What are the best books for medical students?

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    #1The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer

    The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer

    The Emperor of All Maladies is a Pulitzer Prize-winning book by Siddharta Mukherjee. It chronicles the advent of the disease from its first appearance five thousand years ago, up to modern medicine's ongoing battle to cure it.

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    Luz María Salas
    Written on March 8, 2018
    "This is great for anyone who is dealing with or caring for someone with cancer. It really delves into the disease and what it is."
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    #2Complications: A Surgeon's Notes on an Imperfect Science

    Complications: A Surgeon's Notes on an Imperfect Science

    Atul Gawande's Complications: A Surgeon's Notes on an Imperfect Science has been a finalist for nonfiction category in the 2002 National Book Award. This book provides insights into the limitations and power of medicine.

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    Víctor Balderas
    Written on February 12, 2018
    "I recommend this book for people interested in medical books. This book discusses the themes Fallibility, Mystery and Uncertainty"
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    #3The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

    The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
    The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks is a non-fiction book by Rebecca Skloot. It tells the story of Henrietta Lacks, whose cells were unknowingly taken from her and used in medical research. These cells have outlived her for 60 years.
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    William Estrada
    Written on March 7, 2018
    "An interesting read about a woman and her cells that changed medicine. Not one for studying but one for very interesting and historical facts."
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    #4Better: A Surgeon's Notes on Performance

    Better: A Surgeon's Notes on Performance

    Better: A Surgeon's Notes on Performance by Atul Gawande tells the author's encounters as a practicing surgeon. He also discusses the participation of doctors in lethal injections, and how money can influence medicine modernization.

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    Kevin Qiu
    Written on February 19, 2018
    "Better: A Surgeon's Notes on Performance is one of the best books students can read that are planning to enter the medical field it's insightful and informative and can help prepare them."
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    #5The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down

    The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down

    The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down is about Lia Lee who was diagnosed with epilepsy and the struggles of her doctors in finding the cure in 1988. It is written by Anne Fadiman and won as the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction. 

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    Consuelo Nájera
    Written on April 16, 2018
    "This is a very powerful personal take on how medicine has affected the author. It is very powerful, and I feel like my eyes have been opened into how medicine works in other cultures."
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    #6The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat

    The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat
    The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat: And Other Clinical Tales is Oliver Sacks. This book is a collection of psychological encounters with patients. With over 200 pages, this book is published in 1998 by Touchstone.
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    Ralph Harvey
    Written on April 12, 2018
    "The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat: And Other Clinical Tales by Oliver Sacks is a unique gift for medical students. I'm sure they receive a litany of science and non-fiction books as gifts and this book appears to be an interesting tale of recounts of case histories of patients lost in the bizarre, apparently inescapable world of neurological disorders. The reviews for this book are also quite high which might indicate a general feeling of positive experience from engaging with the book."
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    #7Beautiful Affliction

    Beautiful Affliction

    Beautiful Affliction: A Memoir by Lene Fogelberg has gained a gold medal in the Independent Publisher Books Awards 2016. It narrates the story of the author when she found out of her fatal congenital heart disease. 

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    Charles Rios
    Written on February 13, 2018
    "As a medical student I thought it would be nice to get different resources for my studies. I picked up a book called Beautiful Affliction: A Memoir. It was not what I expected and I thought the story was pretty interesting. I liked the writing style and the telling method. "
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    #8Mountains Beyond Mountains

    Mountains Beyond Mountains

    Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, A Man Who Would Cure the World is a non-fiction health book written by Tracy Kidder. In this book, the author tells the true story of Dr. Paul Farmer.

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    Reyna Márquez
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "Kidder does an admirable job by providing an accurate and respectfully written portrayal of Dr. Farmer with the power to inspire others to follow in his footsteps.This book provides a glimpse not only into the medical and sociological challenges of Haiti and other impoverished regions, but into the culture of those who serve, support those who serve and in many cases obstruct those who serve. "
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    #9Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End

    Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End

    This book by Atul Gawande discusses the most challenging part of his profession which is the improvement of medicine to one's life and how it can provide a good life and a good end. He also explores the limitations of his profession.

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    Joe Morris
    Written on February 16, 2018
    "Not only the medical students but also general audience may find this book very interesting. Although at first it might be technical for non-medical people, the book will be quite interesting while reading it. "
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    #10The Intern Blues: The Timeless Classic About the Making of a Doctor

    The Intern Blues: The Timeless Classic About the Making of a Doctor

    The Intern Blues by Dr. Robert Marion tackles the medical training status in the United States. He asked three of his interns to take down their real-life lessons and stories about their experiences which they also share in this book.

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    Rose Hoffman
    Written on February 19, 2018
    "This book is one of the best for medical students, as it informs about the training of becoming a doctor. The medical students will be able to enter the world in the hospital through a book and start to relate their experiences. They will learn that they are not the only ones experiencing the difficulties and anxiety of being an intern. A must read for all medical students! "
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    #11Final Exam: A Surgeon's Reflections on Mortality

    Final Exam: A Surgeon's Reflections on Mortality

    Final Exam: A Surgeon's Reflections on Mortality is a medical literature about Pauline Chen's journey from medical school, training and practice. She also tells her fears and all her unforgettable experiences in her profession.

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    Adam Jones
    Written on February 22, 2018
    "This seems like it could be an important book for all med students to read, I have seen many doctors that have no bedside manor and I wish they could be better."
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    #12How Doctors Think

    How Doctors Think
    How Doctors Think discusses the author's experiences as a patient and a doctor. Jerome Groopman also tackles the lessons he learned while treating other patients and while being treated as a patient himself.
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    Ishan Dasgupta
    Written on February 19, 2018
    "This book has good insight from a doctors as well as a patients perspective. It should be a must read for all medical students. "
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    #13The Hot Zone: The Terrifying True Story of the Origins of the Ebola Virus

    The Hot Zone: The Terrifying True Story of the Origins of the Ebola Virus

    The Hot Zone: The Terrifying True Story of the Origins of the Ebola Virus by Richard Preston discusses how the life-threatening Ebola outbreak has started and how it affects human beings. This book also raises awareness about the frightening virus. 

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    Kathy Evans
    Written on February 14, 2018
    "Four-Stars for R. Preston's focused story that weaves through the past decades since Ebola first emerged from the rainforrest. He carefully connects the main players as their paths cross again and again, their lives altered by this unseen, unclean thing, the filovirus (Ebola) sisters. One cannot help but to realize how at risk we humans are that a virus hidden deep in the jungles of Africa could hop-scotch around the world in a day, traveling incognito inside its naive host. Ebola is even now on the Tarmac at an African airport, waiting in silence, undetected. We skim the headlines on the internet and give it a mental shrug, Sudan, it's a long ways away but this is happening, right now!"
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    #14Do No Harm: Stories of Life, Death and Brain Surgery

    Do No Harm: Stories of Life, Death and Brain Surgery

    Do Not Harm by Henry Marsh provides real-life lessons and experiences encountered in the hospital as a neurosurgeon. He also provides insights about brain surgery and how he deals with the most difficult decisions inside the surgery room.

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    Terry Brewer
    Written on February 15, 2018
    "I feel like every medical student finds themselves going for something different. So brain surgery may not be the most easily related to thing one could pick up. If you can, nab it. It's a good quality book, but it's not the best for such a thing."
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    #15Still Alice

    Still Alice
    Still Alice is a standalone contemporary fiction novel written by Lisa Genova which centers on 50-year-old Alice Howland who has been diagnosed with the early stage of Alzheimer's disease. This is the debut novel of the author of the book. 
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    Gary Wells
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "I am not familiar with this author or novel, but the subject matter of the story seems like it should greatly appeal to those interested in or currently studying a medical field. It also appears that there is a movie based on this novel, for those interested in that as well. It is an award winning book, and clearly quite popular, so this should be exactly what I am looking for here."
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    #16My Invisible Cosmic Zebra Has Multiple Sclerosis--Now What?

    My Invisible Cosmic Zebra Has Multiple Sclerosis--Now What?

    My Invisible Cosmic Zebra Has Multiple Sclerosis--Now What? by Jessie Riley is a neuroscience book originally published in September 2016 by the Kitanie. This how-to book proposes pieces of advice to people diagnosed with MS.

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    Nicole Parker
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "This is a good book for helping younger people who've been diagnosed with MS figure out how to navigate the diagnosis and their lives. I don't know that a medical student would get too much out of it, although this kind of material is probably a nice thing to familiarize yourself with down the line from a human perspective if you're going to be working with patients."
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    #17My Heroes Ask Wallflowers to Dance

    My Heroes Ask Wallflowers to Dance

    My Heroes Ask Wallflowers to Dance is a memoir written by Jennifer Sabin Sattley. First published in 2012, it presents a personal narrative focusing on the author's experience with cystic fibrosis (CF).

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    #18Traveling with COPD

    Traveling with COPD
    Traveling with COPD authored by Tonya Hidalgo is a useful medical reference book for COPD. This book serves as an encouragement for COPD  patients and it teaches that it should not hinder them from travelling.
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    Tejas Kadam
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "Traveling with COPD authored by Tonya Hidalgo is a useful medical reference book for COPD. This book serves as an encouragement for COPD patients and it teaches that it should not hinder them from travelling. a very good book foe medical students "
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    #19COPD: Answers to Your Questions

    COPD: Answers to Your Questions

    COPD: Answers to Your Questions is a nonfiction reference Science and medical book written by MD Donald A. Mahler that provides answers to the commonly asked questions by those suffer from COPD(Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease).


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    Kevin Wright
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "This a great resource for those wanting to know more about COPD. This would be helpful for those studying medicine, those who have COPD or know of a loved one with COPD. This book is written in a very accessible manner, yet is very comprehensive in scope at the same time. "
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    #20Therapeutic Strategies in COPD

    Therapeutic Strategies in COPD
    Therapeutic Strategies in COPD is Science and medical reference book  written by Mario Cazzola that is geared towards improving the quality of life of COPD patients. It features emphysema, chronic bronchitis, and asthma.
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    Aadhya Tambe
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "I found this to be an excellent medical reference book. It is packed full of useful information."
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    #21Copd-Emphysema (Quick Study Health)

    Copd-Emphysema (Quick Study Health)
    Copd-Emphysema (Quick Study Health) is a nonfiction Science and medical book that features COPD with a focus on Emphysema, diagnosis, symptoms,  medications, and management of COPD written by Gary R. Grahn.
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    Aaron Matthews
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "The is perfect my professor recommend this!"
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    #22Coping with COPD

    Coping with COPD
    Coping with COPD: Understanding, Treating, and Living with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease is a useful medical reference book written by Elaine Fantle Shimberg presents a concise and up-to-date guide on COPD.
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    Mark Weber
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "I bought this book, I received fast service, & it arrived in excellent shape. As far as the book, I did not learn anything new when I read it. Maybe for someone that has just been diagnosed with it, its Okay, but the information thats in it is standard information. I highly recommend the book "Breathe Out" by Mary Callahan, RN. It is sold on here for less then $10.00 and has lots of good breathing exercises for people with Emphysema, COPD, or Smokers Lung. "
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    #23ABC of COPD (ABC)

    ABC of COPD (ABC)
    ABC of COPD (ABC) is an in-depth Science and medical reference book about COPD written by Graeme P. Currie that provides accessible and reliable information on the history, diagnosis, and current trends of COPD management.
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    Marilyn Berry
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "This book is a great reference book about COPD. It is extremely well researched and easy to read."
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    #24COPD Exercises

    COPD Exercises
    COPD Exercises: 10 Easy Exercises for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Patients is a Science and medical reference that features 10 basic routines and several regimens that are fit for COPD patients.
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    Cynthia Martinez
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "If you are suffering from COPD this book will help give you some easy exercises you can do to help you in your condition. Very interesting read."
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    #25Rule of the Bone

    Rule of the Bone

    Rule of the Bone is a fictional young adult novel written by Russell Banks. Rule of the Bone was published on March 26, 1996 by Harper Perennial. Rule of the Bone was first published in 1995.

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    Teresa Williamson
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "Okay - what the heck does a novel like this have to do with medical students? I happen to be a medical student and reading the description of this novel, I was scratching my head. The protagonist is a teenager for one thing - and I don't know any teenagers in medical school. The story might be engaging, but the description I read didn't sound all that original."
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