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  • Alborn, Mich. (1997). Tuesday with Morrie: An Old Man, A Young Man, and Life’s Greatest Lesson.
  • Alton, Lee R. (2007) From Snake Oil to Medicine: Pioneering Public Health.
  • Allison, Kimberly M.D Red Sunshine: A Story of Strength and Inspiration from a Doctor Who Survived Stage 3 Breast Cancer
  • Barry, Susan (2009) Fixing My Gaze: A Scientist’s Journey into Seeing in Three Dimensions.
  • Beasley, Sandra (2011) Don’t Kill the Birthday Girl: Tales From an Allergic Life
  • Brill, Alida and Michael D. Lockshin, M.D. (2009) Dancing at the River’s Edge: A Patient and Her Doctor Negotiate Life with Chronic Illness
  • Belkin, Lisa (1993) First Do No Harm: The Dramatic Story of Real Doctors and Patients Making Impossible Choices at a Big-City Hospital
  • Christensen, Randy with Rene Denfeld (2011) Ask Me Why I Hurt: The Kids Nobody Wants and the Doctor Who Heals Them.
  • Castaldo, John E., and Lawrence P. Levitt, M.D. Uncommon Wisdom: True Tales of What Our Lives as Doctors Have Taught Us about Love, Faith, and Healing
  • Chase Marilyn (2003) The Barbary Plague: The Black Death in Victorian San Francisco
  • Chen, Pauline (2007) Final Exam: A Surgeon’s Reflections on Mortality
  • Cronin, A. J. (1937) The Citadel
  • Edlow, Jonathan M.D. (2009) The Deadly Dinner Party and Other Detective Stories
  • Fadiman, Anne (1997) The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down: A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors, and the Collision of Two Cultures.
  • Firlik, Katrina (2006) Another Day in the Frontal Lobe: a Brain Surgeon Exposes Life on the Inside
  • Gawande, Atul  (2003 ) Complications: A Surgeon’s Notes on an Imperfect Science
  • Gawande, Atul (2007) Better: A Surgeon’s Notes on Performance.
  • Gawande, Atul (2009) The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right,
  • Gilies, Andrea (2009) Keeper: One House, Three Generations and a Journey into Alzheimer’s
  • Grim, Pamela (2000) Just Here Trying to Save a Few Lives: Tale of Life and Death from the ER
  • Groopman, Jerome M.D. and Pamela Hartzband M.D. (2011) Your Medical Mind: How to Decide What is Right for You
  • Groopman, Jerome M.D. (2007) How Doctors Think
  • Groopman, Jerome M.D. (2004) The Anatomy of Hope: How People Prevail in the Face of Illness 
  • Holloway, Kris (2007) Monique and the Mango Rains: Two Years with a Midwife in Mali
  • Jadick, Richard (2007) On Call in Hell: A Doctor’s Iraq War Story.
  • Johnson, Steven (2006) The Ghost Map: The Story of London’s Most Terrifying Epidemic- and How it Changed Science, Cities and the Modern World.
  • Kidder, Tracy (2004) Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, A Man Who Would Cure the World
  • Lucas, Geralyn (2004) Why I Wore Lipstick to my Mastectomy.
  • Macklin, Ruth (1987) Mortal Choices: Ethical Dilemmas in Modern Medicine
  • Maddox, Brenda  Rosalind Franklin: The Dark Lady of DNA
  • Magliato, Kathy, MD (2010) Heart Matters: A Memoir of a Female Heart Surgeon
  • Macklin, Ruth (1987) Mortal Choices: Ethical Dilemmas in Modern Medicine
  • Montross, Christine (2007) Body of Work: Mediations on Mortality from the Human Anatomy Lab.
  • Mukherjee, Siddhartha (2010) The Emperor of all Maladies: A Biography of Cancer
  • Munson,Ronald The Woman Who Decided to Die: Challenges and Choices at the Edge of Medicine
  • Newman, David ( 2008) Hippocrates: Shadow Secrets from the House of Medicine
  • Offit, Paul M.D.(2010)  Deadly Choices: How Anti Vaccine Movement Threatens Us All
  • Offit, Paul M.D. (2013) Do You Believe in Magic?: The Sense and Nonsense of Alternative Medicine
  • Piot, Peter (2012) No Time to Lose: A Life in Pursuit of Deadly Viruses
  • Ryan, Frank, M.D. (1993) The Forgotten Plague: How the Battle of Tuberculosis Was Won –and Lost.
  • Sanders, Lisa, (2009) Every Patient Tells a Story: Medical Mysteries and the Art of Diagnosis
  • Sherman, Irwin (2007) Twelve Diseases That Changed Our World
  • Skoot, Rebecca (2010) The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
  • Star, Douglas (2002) Blood: An Epic History of Medicine and Commerce
  • Taylor, Jill Bolte (2009) My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist’s Personal Journey
  • Welch, H. Gilbert, Lisa Schwartz, Steven Woloshin (2011) Overdiagnosed: Making People Sick in the Pursuit of Health.
  • Whitehouse, Beth (2010) The Match: “Savior Siblings” and One Family’s Battle to Heal Their Daughter.
  • Willis, Christopher (1996) Yellow Fever, Black Goddess: The Coevolution Of People And Plagues 
  • Wolfberg, Adam, MD (2012) Fragile Beginnings: Discoveries and Triumphs in the Newborn ICU
  • Worth, Jennifer (2002) The Midwife: A Memoir of Birth, Joy and Hard Times.
  • Zazove, Philip. M.D. (1993) When the Phone Rings My Bed Shakes: Memoirs of a Deaf Doctor
  • Zimmer, Carl (2001)  Parasite Rex : Inside the Bizarre World of Nature's Most Dangerous Creatures

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