What are the best medical nonfiction books?

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    #1Complications: 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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    Patrick Weber
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "This book was gripping in it's account of a surgeons tales of what goes on during complex surgery's. Going through the high's & low's of a surgeons careers, it was a gripping testimonial as to how a surgeon can feel on a day to day basis. Offers a thoughtful checklist on what a surgeon needs to do to maintain order and control in his work space."
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    #2The 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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    Abel Velasco
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "Rebecca Skloot delivers a an addictive narrative that is well researched and well written and is at times heartbreaking and chilling. The book raises important questions about medical ethics and the science is easily followed. Although Skloot discusses the treatments Henrietta had to endure, this book is, at its core,a story about her humanity."
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    #3Being 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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    John Garza
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "to understand more about medicine and its effect on our daily life from perspective of someone who practices it, give being mortal a try. understand one of the more relevant topic in our modern life, especially if you are taking medicine regularly"
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    #4My Parent Has Cancer and It Really Sucks

    My Parent Has Cancer and It Really Sucks

    My Parent Has Cancer and It Really Sucks is a non-fiction health medicine book written by Maya Silver with her father Marc Silver. This book is published in 2013 by Sourcebooks Fire.

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    Terry Beck
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "This was a helpful book for any family dealing with cancer. The advice is thoughtful, practical, and very straightforward. It helped me through a tough time when someone I knew had cancer. "
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    #5The 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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    Aanya Sarin
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "I was looking for a book about cancer for a research project, and this fit the bill and then some. Clear, understandable, and giving a history of cancer, it enabled me to write with confidence and get a good grade on my research project. "
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    #6The Sociopath Next Door

    The Sociopath Next Door

    The Sociopath Next Door is a book about sociopaths written by Harvard psychologist Martha Stout first published in 2005. It contains some of her patients' stories and how to spot sociopaths according to her experience. 

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    Patrick Wagner
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "This book provides excellent insight into a medical phenomenon that is the motivation behind many hit television shows such as True Detectives and Mindhunter. The common backgrounds and motivations of these killers fascinates us because they [sociopaths] are among us and we may not even know who they are."
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    #7Animals in Translation

    Animals in Translation
    Animals in Translation: Using the Mysteries of Autism to Decode Animal Behavior by Temple Grandin and Catherine Johnson provides an overview of the behaviors of animals. The authors translate animals' love, fear, pain, and so on.
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    Kevin Barnes
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "This is one of the best animal books I have ever read. Temple Grandin made a really good statement about communications with dogs and it totally makes sense to me now. It does take time for me or anyone to build trust and relationship with animals."
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    #8The Ghost Map

    The Ghost Map

    The Ghost Map: The Story of London's Most Terrifying Epidemic and How It Changed Science, Cities, and the Modern World is a nonfiction history book written by Steven Johnson. Published in 2006 by Riverhead Books.

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    Jorge Alberto Baltazar
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "I love non-fiction books and the things I may learn. I love reading about advances in science and how it changed cities."
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    #9Overcoming Dyslexia

    Overcoming Dyslexia

    Overcoming Dyslexia: A New and Complete Science-Based Program for Reading Problems at Any Level is written by Sally E. Shaywitz. With over 400 pages, this book is published in 2005 by Vintage.

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    Sharon Zhao
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "Am still reading this book as it takes a long while to complete. Very detailed and the author is very knowledgeable on the subject. I will be referring to this book in the future once I complete it, I believe. So much to take in at one time. I only gave it 4 stars because I feel that there's quite a bit of repetition in the book. Possibly to make it longer, I'm not sure. But the repetition drove me crazy. I wanted to scream, I get the picture! sometimes. But otherwise the book was so good that I won't need to buy another one. It covers all aspects of dyslexia and I feel that I may at times need to go back into it for titles of programs or books, but I feel I've learned a lot on the subject and don't feel I need to buy more books on the subject."
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    #10The Gift of Therapy

    The Gift of Therapy

    The Gift of Therapy: An Open Letter to a New Generation of Therapists and Their Patients is written by Irvin D. Yalom and designed by Nicola Ferguson. With over 200 pages, this book is published in 2003 by Harper Perennial.

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    #11Fibromyalgia Basics

    Fibromyalgia Basics

    Fibromyalgia Basics is a non-fiction self-help medical book written by Pati Chandler. This is a beginner's guide to dealing with fibromyalgia. This book is published in 2011 by Tate Publishing and Enterprises.

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    Sarah Taylor
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "Very informative. The author provides detailed information with tips that are easy to understand. It is definitely a must have for fibromyalgia sufferers. "
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    #12Love's Executioner & Other Tales of Psychotherapy

    Love's Executioner & Other Tales of Psychotherapy
    Love's Executioner & Other Tales of Psychotherapy is written by Irvin D. Yalom which features the psychiatrist's encounter with his patients. With over 300 pages, this book is published by Harper Perennial Modern Classics in 2000.
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    Kimberly Black
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "I was searching for best medical nonfiction books and was given the solution of Love's Executioner & Other Tales of Psychotherapy. This is a memoir type book about a psychiatrist and his patient stories over the years. While this technically fits the topic, I think people would be looking more for medical and not psychology/psychiatry topics. "
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    #13Do 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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    Margaret Ross
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "Perhaps an interesting read for those who are intrigued with neuroscience and all of the intertwined aspects of its basis. This is a 300 plus page paperback book which covers the author's life experiences as a neurosurgeon and how he deals with it. "
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    #14Living Well with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia

    Living Well with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia

    Living Well with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia: What Your Doctor Doesn't Tell You...That You Need to Know is a non-fiction self-help medical book written by Mary J. Shomon. Published by William Morrow Paperbacks.

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    #15The Family Guide to Surviving Stroke and Communication Disorders

    The Family Guide to Surviving Stroke and Communication Disorders

    The Family Guide to Surviving Stroke and Communication Disorders is a nonfiction medical book giving information about stroke written by John R. Marler. With over 200 pages, this book is published in 2007 by Jones & Barlett Publishers.

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    Tiffany Salazar
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "A seemingly good and informative book for anyone who seeks to understand stroke and communication disorders better. It is difficult to tell how easy this book would be for a layperson to read as the only 2 reviews only mention getting the book in great shape and sadly mention nothing about contents. "
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    #16Navigating the Complexities of Stroke

    Navigating the Complexities of Stroke
    Navigating the Complexities of Stroke is a nonfiction medical book giving information about stroke written by Louis R. Caplan. With over 300 pages, this book is published in 2013 by Oxford University Press.
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    Edward Keller
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "i alwas go with the mantra, prevention is better than cure. it is better to have a knowledge of the medical terminology and causes and affects of minor and major ailments. a healthy body is the storehouse f a healthy mind."
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    #17COPD: 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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    José Angel Ávalos
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "This is a fairly robust book that discusses in great detail the condition of COPD. It's a bit of a niche topic to some, but I found it enlightening and informative from the first page to the last. It answered questions I had, and it answered questions I didn't even know I had. It's a great fit if you're looking to expand your knowledge of medical conditions."
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    #18Managing COPD

    Managing COPD
    Managing COPD is nonfiction Science and medical book written by Russell Richard, Paul Ford, and Peter Barnes. It presents an in-depth guide on managing and guiding COPD patients at an early stage to prevent severe symptoms.
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    #19Superbug: The Fatal Menace of MRSA

    Superbug: The Fatal Menace of MRSA

    Superbug: The Fatal Menace of MRSA is a non-fiction book written by Maryn McKenna. First published in 2010 by Free Press, it discusses the possible threats from the superbug methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA).

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    Olivia Quintero
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "This book talks about our worst nightmare, an epidemic possibly worse than AIDS, so for this type of genre this book was a success, it is highly ranking, so I think that if you can enter the list of best medical nonfiction books."
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    #20A Planet of Viruses

    A Planet of Viruses

    A Planet of Viruses is a non-fiction book written by Carl Zimmer. First published in 2011 by University of Chicago Press under 0226983366, it discusses the possible threats from certain viruses.

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    Judy Curtis
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "I found this book quite interesting. Much of what was written, I had no knowledge of prior to reading the book. There are viruses that I had no idea even existed. The author goes into great detail with many of them and it's fascinating, to say the least. Each chapter details a different virus and the characteristics of each. Overall, it's an interesting read with a lot to learn. "
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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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    Vivian Liang
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "Best choice for a medical nonfiction book. Facts are the backbone of this book."
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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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    Kelly Vasquez
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "As having a family member with COPD, this book is very good in its medical and factual basis. It is easy to understand how the disease affects someone, the treatments and triggers for worsening of the condition. An excellent medical book that is very informative."
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    #23Emerging Viruses AIDS and Ebola

    Emerging Viruses AIDS and Ebola

    Emerging Viruses: AIDS and Ebola: Nature, Accident or Intentional? is a medical conspiracy theory book written by Leonard G. Horowitz with a foreword by W. John Martin. Published in 1996 by Medical Veritas International.

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    Sandra Bradley
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "I usually find medical nonfiction books to be fascinating. However, I am not a fan of the book Emerging Viruses AIDS and Ebola. The book focuses way too much on conspiracy theories. I was very irritated by this book."
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    #24ABC 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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    Sara Simmons
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "ABC of COPD (ABC) is a fantastic medical nonfiction book. If you are ever concerned about your COPD, then look no further because this is an excellent medical reference book about COPD. I would consider ABC of COPD (ABC) to be the best medical nonfiction book."
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    #25Guide to Genealogical Writing

    Guide to Genealogical Writing

    Guide to Genealogical Writing is a nonfiction book about genealogy written by Penelope L. Stratton and Henry B. Hoff. This nonfiction book about genealogy was published by New England Historic Genealogical Society

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    Roy Patterson
    Written on May 16, 2018
    "This is an easy to process and informative book if you're into learning about genealogical writing. It would be very helpful to those trying to created a family tree, and how to go about setting it up in a professional way."
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    #26Medical Apartheid

    Medical Apartheid

    Medical Apartheid is a non-fiction book written by Harriet A. Washington, first published in 2007 by Doubleday. An intersection between race, medicine, and social justice, it explores the history of medical experimentation on black subjects.

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    Christopher Martinez
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "A very interesting and important book about the terrible medical experimentation on black people. I was disgusted to learn about the way people were treated in the not so distant past. Hard to read at times because of the topic but it's very important to learn about what these people went through."
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    #27Rewire Your Brain

    Rewire Your Brain

    Rewire Your Brain, Rewire Your Life is a nonfiction medical book giving information about stroke written by Bob Guns. With over 100 pages, this book is published in 2011 in Kindle edition.

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    Patrick May
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "This book is literally a life saver. I bought it out of desperation for a relative who was not getting adequate support. It goes through proceudres for stroke recovery in great detail and done accurately. A nice tool to have in a country that has become third world draconian in health care when it comes to cost and quality. "
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    #28The Stroke of An Artist

    The Stroke of An Artist

    The Stroke of An Artist: The Journey of a Fitness Trainer and a Stroke Survivor is a nonfiction medical book giving information about stroke written by Tracy L. Markley. Published in 2017 by Scriptor Publishing Group.

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    Crystal Rose
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "Almost everyone knows somebody who has survived a stroke. This book gives an account of what that experience was like for the stroke survivor's fitness trainer. While there is a great deal of medical information about strokes in this book, the human element was what will grab most readers. "
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    #29My 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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    Christian Wong
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "a very powerful and inspiring read , a must in any book collector "

Summary

Best What are the best medical nonfiction books
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Complications: A Surgeon's Notes on an Imperfect ScienceBooks 39 Paid
2The Immortal Life of Henrietta LacksBooks 34 Paid
3Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the EndBooks 34 Paid
4My Parent Has Cancer and It Really SucksBooks 26 Paid
5The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of CancerBooks 18 Paid
6The Sociopath Next DoorBooks 16 Paid
7Animals in TranslationBooks 13 Paid
8The Ghost MapBooks 12 Paid
9Overcoming DyslexiaBooks 8 Paid
10The Gift of TherapyBooks 7 Paid
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