University of California, Riverside

Health Professions Advising Center



Suggested Reading 


The following is a list of books selected specifically for students going into a health profession. It includes stories of the experiences of health practitioners from their time as students, interns, residents, and practicing doctors and nurses.

Each book title provides a link to the UCR Scotty Catalog, if available.  Additionally, a couple of the books listed are available for check out at our office: Pierce Hall 1114.

Have you read a book that made an impression on you, written by or about a health professional or a patient? Please tell us about it at hpac@ucr.edu.

Note: Click Here to view a list of reference books available for check out in our HPAC Library

Another Day in the Frontal Lobe: A Brain Surgeon Exposes Life on the Inside (2007) Katrina Firlik 

Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End (2014)  Atul Gawande

Better: A Surgeon's Notes on Performance (2007) Atul Gawande

Caring For Patients from Different Cultures* (2008) Geri-Ann Galanti

Complications: A Surgeon's Notes on an Imperfect Science (2002) Atul Gawande

County: Life, Death and Politics at Chicago's Public Hospital (2011) David Ansell

Crazy Good Interviewing: How Acting a Little Crazy Can Get You the Job (2012) John B. Molidor 

Cutting for Stone (2009) Abraham Verghese

Every Patient Tells a Story (2010) Lisa Sanders

Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital (2013) Sheri Fink

Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story (1996)  Ben Carson

God’s Hotel: a Doctor, a Hospital and a Pilgrimage to the Heart of Medicine (2012) Victoria Sweet.

How Doctors Think (2007) Jerome Groopman

How We Die: Reflections on Life's Final Chapter (1994) Sherwin Nuland

I Wasn't Strong Like This When I Started Out: True Stories of Becoming a Nurse  (2013) Lee Gutkind (Editor)

Intensive Care: More Poetry and Prose by Nurses*(2003) Courtney Davis and  Judy Schaefer (Editor)

Knocking on Heaven’s Door (2014) Katy Butler

Living and Dying in Brick City: Stories from the Front Lines of an Inner-City E.R. (2013)  Sampson Davis & Lisa Frazier Page

Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans from Colonial Times to the Present (2008) Harriet Washington

Mindset: The New Psychology of Success (2007) Carol Dweck

Mountains Beyond Mountains (2009) Tracy Kidder 

My Own Country* (1995) Abraham Verghese

Resident On Call: A Doctor's Reflections on His First Years at Mass General (2014) Scott A. Rivkees

Rule Number Two: Lesson I Learned in a Combat Hospital (2012) Heidi Kraft

Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers (2004) Mary Roach 

Still Alice (2014) Lisa Genova

Talking with Doctors (2005)  David Newman

The Art of Aging: A Doctor's Prescription for Well-Being (2007) Sherwin Nuland

The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right * (2010) Atul Gawande

The Emperor of Maladies: A Biography of Cancer (2010) Siddhartha Mukherjee

The Human Side of Medicine: What It's Like To Be A Patient; What It's Like To Be A Physician (2002) Savett, L. A.

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (2011) Rebecca Skloot

The Last Lecture (2008) Randy Pausch

The Medical School Interview: From Preparation to Thank You Notes: Empowering Advice to Help You Succeed (2010) Jessica Freedman

The Mysteries Within: A Surgeon reflects on Medical Myths (2000) Sherwin Nuland

The Pain Chronicles: Cures, Myths, Mysteries, Prayers, Diaries, Brain Scans, Healing, and the Science of Suffering (2011) Melanie Thernstrom

The Scalpel and the Silver Bear(2000)  Lori Arviso Alvord and Elizabeth Cohen Van Pelt

The Soul of Medicine: Tales from the Bedside  (2009) Sherwin Nuland

The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down: A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors, and the Collision of Two Cultures*(2012)  Anne Fadiman

Think Big: Unleashing Your Potential for Excellence (1996)  Ben Carson

Tuesdays with Morrie: An Old Man, A Young Man, and Life's Greatest Lesson (1997)  Mitch Albom

What Doctors Feel: How Emotions Affect the Practice of Medicine (2013) Danielle Ofri

Woman Who Glows in the Dark* (2000) Elena Avila and Joy Parker

Books available in HPAC: 1114 Pierce Hall 

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The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down: A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors, and the Collision of Two Cultures*(2012)  Anne Fadiman

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 The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right * (2010) Atul Gawande

 

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Intensive Care: More Poetry and Prose by Nurses*(2003) Courtney Davis and  Judy Schaefer (Editor)

 

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Woman Who Glows in the Dark* (2000) Elena Avila and Joy Parker

 

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My Own Country* (1995) Abraham Verghese

 

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Caring For Patients from Different Cultures* (2008) Geri-Ann Galanti

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